Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Your Monday Photo Shoot: Blossoms & Blooms

"Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it."

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Your Monday Photo Shoot: Take a snap of the latest blossoms or blooms near you. If for some reason it's still too chilly where you are, one, you have my sympathy, and two, go ahead and use a picture from your archives. But everyone should go out and take a fresh picture if they can. Let's see what spring looks like here in 2007.

-John Scalzi (By The Way)

I loved this photo shoot assignment. I had a really nice afternoon, just playing with my camera in my own world. I have three fruit trees in my back yard, a plum, a pear tree and a Meyer lemon. The plum tree is through blooming for the year, my pear tree still has some blossoms, but very few. My lemon tree is another story. It is covered with the loveliest blossoms, which are white and pale pink. The buds are a deep pink, but when they open they seem to fade to white, with a very light pink on the outside. The scent is simply amazing. Imagine a soft jasmine scent, with just a hint of tangerine. The Meyer is my favorite type of lemon, sometimes I just pick one off the tree and eat it. It is a sweeter variety, than most other lemons, and it makes some fabulous lemonade. That is one of the best parts of spring and summer around here, lemonade made from lemons grown on that beautiful tree of mine. There is nothing like citrus blossoms. :)

"Meyer Lemon Blossom"
Berkeley, California
April 2, 2007


The ParkHopper said...

I pass an orange grove on my way to work, and when the blossoms are out, I drive to work with my windows down just to smell them.
I imagine the lemon is probably pretty similar.

BTW, I work in a froo-froo restaurant, and we have a fish called turbot on the menu that they serve with spinach and Meyer lemon. I guess Meyers are every bit as good as you say!

Karen Funk Blocher said...

When I did this one there were mostly last year's dead flowers here, hurt by the January snow. But John told me yesterday that the bougainvillea has come back to life!