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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Macro Monday - Pears & Plums


One perfect pear--well, almost--growing politely on an espalier wire in the Sofiero Palace Gardens in southern Sweden.

And then some sun-kissed plums, mostly green but with a couple of eager ones starting to ripen.  Notice the skillful pruning.  You could just reach out a hand to pick them when the time comes.


And finally, even wanna be photographers soon learn to look for the unexpected subjects that make good photos. These gardens were impeccably cared for, even to the fallen fruit collected from under the trees and tossed in the compost cart. Reminded me of some Old Master paintings where fruits and vegetables, and the odd dead fowl, were laid out on a table ready to be turned into a feast. The cycle of nature.


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(Photos: August 2011 at the Sofiero Palace and Gardens in Helsingborg, Sweden)

12 comments:

Stewart M said...

Hi there - nice pictures.. Old fruit are great in compost - they really kick things along with a sugar hit.

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

ormbunke said...

Sofiero slottsträdgård är en underbar trädgård. Försöker åka dit varje å men har inte varit de två senaste så jag har missat klänningarna. Päronet jag gärna stoppa ner i i fickan om jag hade fått. Ha de gott.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

The light and composition in your second photo is delightful. how wonderful to watch such fruits growing and ripening. Our climate is more suited to tropical fruits.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Awesome pear ~ lovely photography of nature's goodies ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Betsy Adams said...

Great photos, Faye. That pear in the first picture looks like a Bosc pear... That's my hubby's favorite pears... They really are GOOD...
Hugs,
Betsy

Jan n Jer said...

Love that first shot Faye...when I look at the last one..it made me think...watch out for bees!!

Georgia Girls said...

You have to be patient with pears, don't you? We have a very prolific pear tree and they take All Season to grow. Last year we got 4 large boxes -- had to trim it way back after to give its poor limbs a break.

Rambling Woods said...

Lovely series..I love pears and they are so expensive here...Michelle

Icy BC said...

I love fruits fresh from the trees like these! Fantastic..

Annmarie Pipa said...

fabulous photos! i would be in heaven in that garden!!

Brian King said...

Somebody has some great fruit trees!

EG CameraGirl said...

These photos are making me want to raid my refrigerator. :)