May 03, 2016

Crabapple Blooms Before the Windstorm

crabapple 1

crabapple 2

crabapple 4

crabapple 3

crabapple 5

crabapple 6

white and pink

crabapple 7

50 comments:

  1. So beautiful. A fleeting moment.

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    1. They're still blooming, but past peak now. Yes, I wish they would last much longer!

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  2. Beautiful!... The wind storms now days are so violent. It seems like we didn't used to have such storms. Certainly not so many. I am glad you got to enjoy the crabapple blossoms before the wind ruined them.

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    1. It was crazy windy the other night. I can't believe any blooms remained, but many made it through. Still, the trees were so beautiful earlier this week!

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  3. So pretty! I hope the storms weren't too crazy! Spring can be so unpredictable. Glad you cut a few to enjoy indoors too.

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    1. Thanks, Karin. It turned out, the storm wasn't too bad, but the blooms looked so perfect before the storm. :(

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  4. Excellent photos Beth. I hope the wind will not reduce production.

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    1. Thank you, Alain. Nah, I think the fruit will be fine. I imagine there will be plenty of Crabapples for the birds in fall and winter.

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  5. I love, love crabapple blooms! We were lucky to have a few nice days when ours were blooming so that I was able to enjoy them a little longer than usual. But the rain and wind certainly can strip those blooms in a hurry. Wish they would only last longer!

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    1. Me, too, Rose. I couldn't have said it better ... so it's good this was a wordless post so you articulate commenters could provide excellent thoughts. :)

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  6. The stamens against the shaded white petals is a great shot. Was that "intentional"? I've been playing with isolating inner parts of flowers--in sharp focus against blurred background--but not a lot of success yet.

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    1. Ah, good question. And the answer is "yes" and "no." I try to make the most of light -- on and through the flowers and foliage. Depending on the conditions, when I see light doing interesting things with subjects, I try to capture it. For macro photography, I usually use the macro setting on my camera. Often it's luck rather than planning that yields decent results.

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  7. We have an old one with those deep pink flowers where you can see them from lots of rooms indoors. Those white ones are lovely and easier on the eye.

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    1. I wish I knew what cultivars we have here. They were here when we moved in, and there are so many cultivars. I'm fascinated by all of them, and the scent is amazing!

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  8. So gorgeous!! One of the best things about spring. :-)

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    1. Yes, if only they would last longer! Here to enjoy while they last. :)

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  9. Oh Beth, those are just beautiful flowers. The photos are pretty great, too. :)

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    1. Thank you, Tina. The first one was through a window, so it isn't as sharp. But that was the only way I could get a shot at that angle of the pink with white background.

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  10. So very, very beautiful. The blossoms on last photo were all blown off by the wind?

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    1. Thank you. No, many of the blooms are still on the trees, but they were so "perfect" before the windstorm. Soon they'll be gone, though. :(

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  11. I love spring, and such views. :)))

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    1. Me, too. I wish these fleeting stages would last longer, but it is a beautiful season. :)

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    1. Thank you. They can't really do the blooms justice, but it was worth a try. ;-)

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  13. Oh wow Beth! How lovely. Mine did not bloom, and I have deer nibbling again...they love my crabapple.

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    1. Oh gosh, I guess I'm glad the rabbits can't reach the branches on the trees. LOL--at least that's one thing safe in the garden. I've only seen one deer here in this suburban neighborhood. I think you mentioned the late freeze damaged some of the blooms, too--that's a bummer. That happened to some of the Magnolias in town.

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    1. Thanks, Lula. The crabapples have been really beautiful here this year. It stayed cool for several days, so the blooms were pretty for quite a while.

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  15. Lovely. We have a lot of young crabapple trees on our street that bloomed this week.

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    1. I noticed many of them around town. And they smell so great, too, don't they?!

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  16. How pretty! I have a small crabapple tree. Last year was its first year to bloom. Maybe one day it will grow up to be as lovely as those you featured!

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    1. Thanks, Deb. Our trees are pretty old--they were here when we moved in. Now that yours is blooming, it will only get prettier over the years. Enjoy!

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  17. Beautiful! A crabapple was one of the first trees I added to our VA garden but it promptly died. Love those mounds of flowers. :o)

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    1. Thanks. Sorry to hear that! These trees were here when we moved in. They're beautiful, but need some trimming. Time to hire an arborist. The crabapples all around town were so pretty a week ago, but now they're pretty much all blown off. :(

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  18. Beautiful photographs, Beth. I like the arrangement in the cup at the end too.

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    1. Thanks, Tim. They don't last long, but the blooms are stunning when they're at their peak.

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  19. in a vase captures a different sort of pleasure

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    1. Yes, they only last a couple of days in a vase, but worth saving a few that blew off the trees.

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  20. Lovely. Our 'Donald Wyman' was packed with blooms until the storms on Saturday. Fortunately we have another crab, 'Golden Raindrops', that has not yet bloomed.

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    1. We have a later-blooming one in the backyard. But it's done now, too. :( 'Golden Raindrops' sounds delightful!

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  21. Hi,
    Our tree burst open today. When our petals fall, my boys call it pink snow. :-)

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    1. Pink snow: I like that! That's what it looks like. :)

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    1. Thanks, Endah. They are beautiful trees.

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  23. Hello Beth! Beautiful spring blossoms. They are all lovely images. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Hi Eileen: Thank you! They are all blown down now and the fruits are forming. It's amazing how quickly things change this time of year!

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  24. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful tree!

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    1. Thanks. I love the crabapples. I only wish the blooms would last longer!

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  25. you did well with the clarity of these shots Beth which tremor in the slightest breeze - the lighting of the pink and white blooms together captures the magic of the brief moments beautifully

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    1. Thanks! Actually, the first shot was through an upstairs window, so it has a bit of a softened appearance. The others were taken outside, from the ground level looking up (except for the last one, of course ;) ).

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