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Ripe for the Picking


Before September leaves us, the Elstar harvest is still plentiful here in The Netherlands.

I love this time of the year!


Happy Birthday to my daughter, Amy (38 tomorrow)!


Ripe for the Picking


Before September leaves us, the Elstar harvest is still plentiful here in The Netherlands.

I love this time of the year!


Happy Birthday to my daughter, Amy (38 tomorrow)!


comments (66)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Sep 2010, 00:46
...and looking very crunchy!
Ginnie Hart: Very crisp and crunchy indeed, Ray. One of my favorite apples now that I have been lucky enough to try one.
How utterly beautiful, Ginnie, and so appropriate for this time of year.

Best Wishes to Amy on her birthday.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Beverly. I have childhood memories of the apple pickers in Michigan at this time of the year. It's part of why I love autumn. smile
  • rian
  • United States
  • 29 Sep 2010, 04:18
i thought of the same title even before seeing your title for this post.. smile nice catch.. grin
Ginnie Hart: Like minds and all, Rian! grin Thanks.
Kiss Ginnie, juste for you...
Ginnie Hart: All the apples seemed to be kissed just for me that day, Pierrot. grin Merci. Merci.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Sep 2010, 06:22
This brings back memories of the time I picked them (as a job)in the same orchard we were shooting the pictures.
Love the way the sun is on the apples, great close-up.
Best for you Amy, on your birthday tomorrow smile
Ginnie Hart: It was fun to see up close and personal where you worked those few years during picking season, MLMA. I still am amazed by how these apple trees are grown, up the side of a pole. Hartstikke bedankt.
  • Paule
  • US
  • 29 Sep 2010, 06:30
The apples look delicious.

Thanks for taking a look at the Marilyn Manson shots. Was one of the better assignments I had years ago. He's actually a quiet guy. Was a cool opportunity when I worked a lot more on assignments like that.

Ginnie Hart: These Elstar apples are some of the best I've ever eaten, Paule...crisp and crunchy, just the way I like them. smile Thanks.
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 29 Sep 2010, 07:00
Beautiful tones and composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kala, for stopping by and commenting here. smile
  • Leanne
  • Australia
  • 29 Sep 2010, 07:04
lovely processing and a happy birthday to your daughter.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you and thank you, Leanne. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Sep 2010, 07:09
een fijn stilleven- bijna zoals op oude schilderijen uit de Gouden Eeuw! Né- deze appeltjes zou ik niet willen plukken, die zijn te mooi!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Philine. I think I'll leave these here, too, just for the looking. smile Hartstikke bedankt.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 29 Sep 2010, 07:10
Happy Birthday Amy !

I want an apple now !
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Sidney. These Elstars are soooooo good. They're the ones I buy all the time now that they're in season. smile
  • Elaine-
  • Germany
  • 29 Sep 2010, 07:19
gasp!!!! Ginnie!!! EVERYBODY is thirty SEVEN on the net, your daughter is going to be sooo mad at you hahaha, just joking... this picture is absolutely lovely, do you use photoshop?
Ginnie Hart: HA! You know me...I'm always the last to know these things. grin Yes, I use PS CS3, and in this case a texture or two. Can't remember which, though. smile
  • Scotia
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Sep 2010, 07:21
Yummy Ginnie. just waiting to be picked. Your presentation is brilliant as usual smile
Ginnie Hart: I was so tempted to pick one, Scotia, but Astrid restrained me. smile Thanks, as always.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 29 Sep 2010, 07:21
why did it say i was from Germany lol... i'm seeeerious, my dog's a hoarder, i get the feeling if we took away any of his stuff he would get depressed, and he's always stealing the neighbor's dog's toys and bones and such too lol
Ginnie Hart: Every time I see you're from Germany I just smile, Elaine. If you were, you'd wouldn't be that far away from us! A meet-up would be possible. smile

LOL at your dog. You may be right. Gotta pay attention to these things about our 'children.'
Perfect composition Ginnie ! And I love the tones and colors !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ferdi. These Elstars have become my favorite apples!
Lovely apples!!! Happy birthday to Amy smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you and thank you, Bill. smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 29 Sep 2010, 07:54
Perfect Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Perfect enough to eat, maybe, Vintage? Thank you.
happy birthday Amy!
why not an apple pie for this happy event!
with vanilla ice cream of course!
Ginnie Hart: Now that's a great idea, Jojo. Thanks for the idea. smile Merci.
Excellent!!! I like the processing, amazing light and tones!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Andrei.
Hum, i just feel like biting in them. Very nicely captured.
Happy Birthday to Amy for tomorrow.
Ginnie Hart: I can't begin to tell you how tempted I was to pick one, Richard!!! smile Merci.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Sep 2010, 09:13
It's certainly been a good year here in the UK too Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: So glad to hear it, Chris. We saw incredible pears, too, the same day!
Appeltjes van Oranje!

Very scrumptious apples!! I slightly prefer the Cox Orange, those are very seasonal apples and even more crunchy.

Happy B-day Amy! 38 is still a youngster!!
Ginnie Hart: I'll have to find out about the Cox Orange, Marion--a new one for me. But I sure am a fan of the Elstars. I'm eating them every day now they're in season!

And yes, Amy is still a youngster in some ways but a very wise, mature woman in others! I'm very proud of her.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Sep 2010, 09:56
Likey quality, these Elstars.

I remember peeling these apples, cooking them on the set with some cinnamon sticks. Excellent with some custard - preferably the homemade custard, still hot.
Ginnie Hart: As I reply, Louis, I'm eating an Elstar for lunch. Seriously. smile That's one darn-good apple. I can just imagine your concoction with homemade custard. What a treat that would be! Thanks for the thought.
  • Fokkio
  • The Netherlands
  • 29 Sep 2010, 09:57
You can make a shot of two apples look great!
Congratulations with your daughter's birthday.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Fokkio. Hartstikke bedankt!
LIke tasting apples from Yesterday - lovely sensation.
Ginnie Hart: They definitely stand the test of time, Karine! smile Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan
  • 29 Sep 2010, 11:03
I'd like a big bite right now, thank you. These look like the very best apples (and I know they are because you already said so smile.
Ginnie Hart: It's lunchtime right now, Ruth, and I've just eaten an Elstar! It doesn't get much better than that when it comes to apples. I still have such fond memories of when the flatbed trucks went by our parsonage in Pullman, loaded with bushels of apples with the pickers sitting on top. We'd be raking leaves outside and jumping in them...and would yell "APPLES!" Next thing you knew we'd be catchintg apples as they were thrown to us. I wonder how many kids today will ever get that experience!

Thank you, sister, for stopping by!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan
  • 29 Sep 2010, 11:04
Oh yes, and Happy Birthday to sweet Amy. I meant to wish her a good birthday Friday, and I forgot!
Ginnie Hart: She'll love that you remembered her here, Ruth. Thank you.
Almost good enough to eat Ginnie, nice one.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Les. You'd love one if you had a chance to get one! Thanks.
I've not come across this variety before, they look fine in your shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: They are scrumptious, Brian. I highly recommend the variety if you ever have a chance to eat one. Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan
  • 29 Sep 2010, 11:45
Oh, Boots, what an image you gave me with the apple truck and thrown apples!! Ohh, thank you.
Ginnie Hart: It dawned on me that you never had that memory, Ruth, since it was before your time. Glad I could 'remember' it for you. smile
  • Ansie
  • South Africa
  • 29 Sep 2010, 11:49
Beautiful, rich colours, looks like an old painting.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ansie, for stopping by and commenting!
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 29 Sep 2010, 12:49
Such wonderful light on the apple and again you amaze me with the processing this is fine art
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, JJ. Thank you.
This looks good enough to eat Ginnie and I'm sure they are.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Chad. The best apples I've eaten in a long time. smile
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 29 Sep 2010, 14:21
We enjoy the autumn apple harvest, picking apples and sampling cider.
Ginnie Hart: It's a rite of passage every autumn, Rob! Thanks.
Wow... Neat processing.
The colors are bit confusing, took me few seconds to realize these were apples. Nice smile
Ginnie Hart: Glad you ended up unconfused, Ilan. smile Apples, indeed. smile Thanks.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 29 Sep 2010, 17:11
The best fruit of them all smile
Ginnie Hart: I know, Frida. smile Thank you. "An apple a day" was said for a reason!
  • TM
  • Iran
  • 29 Sep 2010, 19:15
wowoooowwhow!!special..very amazin' catch pf these applessmile
Ginnie Hart: And they're as good as they look, TM. smile Thank you.
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 29 Sep 2010, 20:03
super traitement. 100% Ginnie.

Ah! and happy birthday for Amy
Ginnie Hart: Thank you on both counts, Oscar. Gracias.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 29 Sep 2010, 20:08
Bonsoir Ginnie. Superb photo. Texture is very beautiful. Excellent work Ginnie. Have a evening Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: An apple a day, Antoine. Don't forget. smile Merci.
look ready for picking
Ginnie Hart: They were, Derek, and I was so tempted to be the one...but it wasn't my orchard! smile
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 29 Sep 2010, 20:32
must be fresh and sweat to eat them beautiful textures!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Liang. One of the best apples I've ever eaten. Thanks.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Sep 2010, 20:52
I can almost taste the sharp juiciness of the apples.
Ginnie Hart: I can, too, Cherie. smile
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 29 Sep 2010, 21:50
Mmm looks yummy! I can almost hear the crunch! Love the processing too.
Ginnie Hart: You'd love one if you ever had the chance to try one, Andy. Thanks.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 29 Sep 2010, 22:10
I won't even try to compete with previous 42 comments Ginnie.....i am sure that it has all been said....so ditto....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Peter. Ditto works for me. smile
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 29 Sep 2010, 22:14
Oooh i forgot....Happy Birthday Amy...peterD
Ginnie Hart: I hope it's her best birthday ever! Thanks.
Lovely picture for Amy's birthday smile

Clever how they've decided to grow espaliers, it makes the fruit so much easier to pick.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ellie. This is my favorite time of the year, and hers, too! Astrid says they purposely grow them this way for easy picking...no ladders. After 15 years they cut them all down and start all over again with a fresh batch.
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 30 Sep 2010, 00:44
Beautiful - I love the deep fall colors and lighting. Just beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Beth, for stopping by and commenting here.
  • Aurore
  • France
  • 30 Sep 2010, 01:19
Beautiful light and colors !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Aurore, for stopping by and commenting.
I love this. My favourite autumn shot of the day.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Michael. Thank you.
It is for when the tart? Kiss ginnie, good day...
Ginnie Hart: For anything you want, Pierrot...it will be good! smile Merci.
Humm!!! We could eat them.
Beautiful and delicious image.
A+ VAL smile
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Valérie. I wanted to pluck them right off the tree! smile Merci.
Me gusta la textura y el tono que le has dado.

Un bonito tratamiento
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Bernardo. I love this time of the year! smile
A picture worth a sonata Autumn's birthday your daughter! I am fascinated by the wonderful treatment! Really well done Ginnie and all my wishes of happiness to Amy.
Ginnie Hart: I love the idea of a sonata for this, Mathilde. Merci. That would make Amy very happy.
  • tede
  • France
  • 30 Sep 2010, 08:27
A great temptation, superb shot. Happy birthday to your daughter and beautiful day.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Tede. I wanted to pick one on the spot but Astrid said NO. grin Thanks. Merci.
  • Foto'S
  • Poland
  • 30 Sep 2010, 11:13
fantastic idea, great color effect. Have a nice day smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Foto'S!
  • Laurent
  • France
  • 30 Sep 2010, 12:33
Very nice !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Laurent!
  • Shaun
  • Turkey
  • 30 Sep 2010, 12:35
Photography, at its best. Congratulations, an excellent photograph.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Shaun. Thank you.
  • mariana
  • Canada
  • 30 Sep 2010, 12:55
wonderful ! even apple on your picture look gold wink) super treatment as always !
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Mariana. Thank you.
I think FALL when I see this-said HAPPILY! smile
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Heather. Exactly! Thank you.
  • grapf
  • Germany
  • 1 Oct 2010, 10:16
thea are really tasty, mucn more than the ones in our garden, all of which are worm-eaten or rotten
Ginnie Hart: I guess they have to do something to keep these from worms, Grapf, though I'm not sure what. I sure love these Elstars, though. So crisp, crunchy and sweet. smile Thanks.
An apple a day...
Nice detail, you can almost feel the texture!
Ginnie Hart: I love these Elstars, Wim. And I love how your orchard trees are grown here. I have gotten a whole education from Astrid, since she used to pick apples and pears! Hartstikke bedankt.
  • Amy
  • United States
  • 1 Oct 2010, 12:59
Thank you, Mom, for honoring me with this beautiful photo on my special day! And another big THANK YOU to everyone else who has sent me birthday wishes here as well. It was a wonderful day!
Ginnie Hart: Awwwwww. I just saw this now (Monday), Amy. I'm so glad you had a great day. You deserve all the good stuff that's happening in your life right now. What a great birthday gift! I love you.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 1 Oct 2010, 21:33
Gorgeous autumn image. Apples are the best!! And - as always - I do so love your processing!
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheart, Marcie. Thank you kindly!
Beautiful processing; those apples sure look good!
Ginnie Hart: These Elstars are wonderful, Mark. If you like crisp, crunchy and sweet, you'd love them. smile Thanks.
  • petra
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Oct 2010, 18:35
heel mooi, de compositie, de tones en de scherpte
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Petra. smile This is my favorite time of the year!
  • LoLO
  • France
  • 3 Oct 2010, 19:24
Jolie capture...
J'aime le traitement de l'image et la douceur qui se dégage de ta photo. Cela représente bien à mes yeux cette jolie saison qu'est l'automne !

Belle soirée
Ginnie Hart: This is one of the reasons why this is my favorite time of the year, LoLO. Merci.
  • Krista
  • Canada
  • 10 Oct 2010, 21:50
I love the tones here... beautiful!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Krista, for stopping by and commenting. They grow their apples a bit differently here in The Netherlands than in Canada/America. But they're still apples. smile

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