Flowering Blossoms on Fruit Trees

Spring blossoms on the various fruit trees – mostly apples and cherries from what I can tell, with a few pears – along the river add a bit of color to the thickening green everywhere.  It’s early but the tree …

Wild Apples

The apples have ripened into lovely red fruit.  The windfalls have also increased, so there will be some happy animals reaping those, I’m sure.  A tree that people walk below has had its apples trampled, and the smell of alcohol …

Wild Apples

The apple blossoms have long since faded but the fruit is getting quite large on the wild apple trees by the river.  I don’t remember them getting so large in the past, more the size of crabapples.

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Black Walnut

The smell of this fruit is unmistakable.  The texture intrigues me and I always mean to grab a handful to take home to experiment with the color they make.

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Sumac Fruit

The Staghorn sumac has a beautiful fruit.  The color always catches my eye, although I’d never appreciated how detailed the “horns” were until I stopped to stare at them closely.

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Asian Pears

The pear trees have come into full blossom along the river.  This appears to be the Chinese or Nashi Pear ( Pyrus pyrifolia ) also known under a variety of Asian cultures.  I’m guessing it’s not a native species but …

Leftover Fruit

The lack of leaves on the trees has left them largely anonymous to me.  I realize that I don’t have any good method of identifying one from another without the leaf on them, which seems a bit short-sighted.  I mean, …

Flying Cucumbers

The wind was light today but blew the snow through the trees.  I noticed something shaking about 20 feet up in the air, in the branches of a tree.  It was a wild cucumber vine, with the fruit opened and …

Late Apples

I was walking the dog and keeping a north eye on a large group of Canada geese on the river when I came across an apple tree.  I was surprised how many apples were still on the tree, and not …

Wild Cucumbers Opened

I found another patch of wild cucumber on the way home the other day.  These had been opened, either by nature or by some animal.  I tipped one up to look inside and see what the inside looked like.

These Cucumbers are Wild

The black walnuts are starting to appear so, at first glance, I thought I was seeing some of those.  Then I saw the wild cucumber flowers and the spikes.  Not particularly appetizing looking but I am almost curious enough to …