This Sunday morning, it certainly looks like a beautiful day lies ahead! The Sun is out and bright, it’s warming with an expected high of 89F (31C), and Spring is establishing its grip on the landscape.
Soon, the apple trees will be blossoming again with their promise of delicious results around Autumn, as New England produces a variety of wonderful apples. Apple orchards dot the landscape in our area, often containing well-aged trees that produce year after year; well-maintained apple trees can reach the ripe old age of 100 years unless they are allowed to stagnate.
The rite of Spring is under way, and we welcome its return!
I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Stella of Giggles & Tales, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge. Stella’s blog is always full of interesting posts, which are a blend of poetry, photography and perspectives on the world around her. Go check her blog out!!
So for the next week, let’s see, if I can come up with some interesting nature images and pass the challenge onto some of my fellow bloggers.
This challenge, I will start of with a pretty straightforward image of an apple growing in nature; this apple was not anywhere near any orchard, and I could not find any of its relatives nearby. Pollination must have been a particular challenge for this lone tree, but it managed nonetheless.
This is an iPhone 5S generated image using the standard Camera app and minor tweaks with Instagram.
Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.
The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger… Made by Mitza is a blog filled with fantastic photography (lots of flowers!). Go check out this talented photographer’s blog! If she accepts this challenge, I look forward to the results!
Nature is full of amazing and beautiful displays, many of which are taken for granted. Go into any grocery store or super market and apples abound; how many of us take a moment to appreciate how this apple started?
About five years ago, I decided to follow the development of an apple orchard, which was close to my daily commute throughout the year. It’s one of those fun projects that keep one’s interest in photography keen, and taking a walk through an apple orchard in the morning is a great way of invigorating the senses for the day that lies ahead.
This shot is from early May, when the blooms were fully developed, just before the wither and start developing into tasty, crisp New England apples. With the beautiful light, it was just amazing to look more closely at these trees and their wondrous adornment!
Hope you enjoy this moment of wonder and think about it, when you bite into your next apple.
This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II and a 24-105 f/4L lens (with circular polarizing filter). Settings were f/10 at 1/400 second with ISO 200.