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Crab Apple Blossom

Posted by
Josh (Madison, Maine, United States) on 8 May 2010 in Plant & Nature.

This is a crab apple tree in blossom. The fruit of this tree is small, irregular and rough, like miniature, tart, lumpy apples.

My family has been on this farm for 187 years, and during that time it was planted with all sorts of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Although we haven't had an orchard in around a hundred years, the remnants of old orchards still exist in the form of these crab apple trees. Other parts of the property are laden with berries, which I believe also were once cultivated here, and there are other places which hold patches of now wild thyme. We have a perennial heirloom rhubarb patch which still serves us well, and in more contemporary times there is horseradish and mint, both of which grow in abundance with little guidance from us.

The white balance here is natural and unaltered. The sun was setting behind me (the same light from yesterdays "magic hour" image), and although I could alter the WB in post-processing to lessen the warmth, I decided to leave it natural, as it appeared.

NIKON D80 1/500 second F/9.0 ISO 400 82 mm (35mm equiv.)

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I am using a Nikon D80 with the 50mm lens, as well as a 75-300mm lens. I don't use filters (because I don't have any), and my experience is self-taught.

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1/500 second
ISO 400
82 mm (35mm equiv.)