The Dastardly Culprits What Make Me Sneeze

These are they! Well, some of them, anyway. In the crabapple tree in the front yard. Evil bastards, the lot of them, but they sure are pretty.

19 Comments on “The Dastardly Culprits What Make Me Sneeze”

  1. Maybe you didn’t eat enough dirt as a child? Probably too late to make up for lost time, anyhow. Score another victory for big pharma.

    Yes, the blooms sure are lovely. Reminds me I should get some shots of our apple blossoms to document what the trees look like — some day I’d like to know what the heck kind they are…

  2. It’s nice to blame the crabapples, but generally, any flower that’s showy (insect pollinated) has pollen too big to be an allergen. It’s most likely juniper, elm or something like that that’s wind pollinated, and just happens to be shedding pollen at the same time as the lovely crabs.

  3. Dirt huh? How about nine years of allergy shots weekly in my arm from age eight to seventeen? That’s what it took so that I only occasionally have to take an antihistamine during these times. When the rain doesn’t dampen down the pollen, that is. But I’m not bitter! (Actually, I’m really *not* bitter, because I’m probably much better off than John right now. It’s all a case of timing, unfortunately.)

  4. Ulrika O’Brien:

    I never really had any sort of allergic reaction to anything until I moved into the country. I think it’s the sheer amount of pollen pumped into the air around here that does me in. When I lived in the suburbs my springs were largely blissful.

  5. If you had been born in Ohio, you’d probably never notice. I never did.

    Then I moved to Florida, where taking Claritin (or the generic) is a daily ritual. Winter just holds different pollen for me to sneeze at here. At least you do get a break in winter.

  6. My wife and I recenly made our move to the burbs outside Philadelphia. We bought the house in November and never saw the property in springtime.

    Everything started blooming last weekend. Holy crap! Included the mess is a HUGE crab apple tree. The plan is to make cordials when the fruit hits this summer.

  7. Sure! Blame the poor flowers. It isn’t their fault that your body creates an inappropriate response to their totally benign pollen.

  8. It’s birch and lime pollen that gets me. Especially limes, you could see it drifiting off the trees in huge greeny-yellow clouds of dust where I used to live. That was not fun.

  9. I haven’t had to go to the doc every spring and pick up inhalers and drugs to fight the dreaded hayfever for a couple of years now, because my Aunt Pat told me what to do. Just find a local beekeeper, and grab a couple of pounds of local honey. Because it will have some pollen mixed in, it helps your body gear up to fight of the hayfever. Whenever I start taking it, I get a really weird feeling in my sinuses and along the back of my throat. It’s a little unpleasant, kind of irritated, but it goes away after 3 or 4 days, and then I am hayfever free. A couple of pounds lasts a few months used as a sweetener on the morning porridge. Tastes bloody good too, with some vanilla sunflower seeds tossed on as well. I swears by it, so I do. :)

  10. crotchetyoldfan – The Crotchety Old Fan is Steve Davidson, also know as Rimworlder on many SF forums. Steve maintains the Rim Worlds Concordance project which is devoted to the works of A. Bertram Chandler and his most enduring character - Commodore John Grimes of the Rim Worlds Naval Reserve. Grimes is science fiction’s original ‘Horatio Hornblower of Space’. More information about Chandler, Grimes and the Rim Worlds can be found at Steve also maintains a visual index of volume 1, number 1 pulp science fiction magazines on the same website and is a devoted collector of the same. ‘I’m an ‘old’ SF fan, which you can take whichever way you like, as I love the old masters (Heinlein, Clarke, Asimov, E.F. Russell, Piper, Cordwainer Smith) and I’m well beyond the age you’re not supposed to trust anymore’. This blog is devoted to an investigation of the growing divide between ‘old’ - or ‘classic’ science fiction and the moderan literary genre that is currently sold under the same name. Steve has also begun writing reviews for, expects to be doing the same for, and is contributing various non-fiction pieces to various other websites, all of them concerned with science fiction of one stripe or another. Early in 2008 he became completely disappointed with the SciFi Channel and created The Classic Science Fiction Channel website that gathers links to public domain radio, television, film and literary properties. Steve had a successful non-fiction writing career - writing articles and books dealing primarily with the paintball industry (Four books and several hundred articles including editorializing, product reviews, sports reporting, educational and more) - which he has since given up in favor of blogging and fiction. (Leaving the paintball industry after 25 years.) One final book on this subjected is scheduled to be released in early 2009 (A Parent's Guide To Paintball). Current work on fiction includes several completed novellettes/novellas curently in submission hell and various chapters of three novels. Freely distributed current work - including several chapters of a science fiction/paintball novel and a pulp/comic book/fairy tale mashup can be found on his website.
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    Wait until the crabapples come in. You can launch them quite a distance with a tennis racket.

  11. luisaperkins – I write speculative fiction, specifically contemporary dark-ish fantasy. I've been married for nearly 20 years to Patrick, an absolute prince of a man. We live with our six lovely children and an insane cat in New York's Hudson Highlands. My passions include reading, gardening, knitting, cooking, eating, and musicking.

    It’s a lovely photo; did you wear some sort of mask or cloaking device while taking it?

  12. Mine haven’t bloomed quite yet. Although they’re still apples hanging off the darn thing from last year.

    I have a mind to take a chain saw to the God forsaken tree.

  13. This won’t do you any good, but I used to snuffle through every Spring with red eyes when I lived in the midwest. Then I moved to the southeast, and my allergies vanished, despite pine pollen that coats everything in a thick layer of yellow dust. Clearly, I am allergic to something that dislikes long, hot humid summers.

  14. That is what you get for living in a place that has seasons.

    You should move to the tropics where plants do not have the urge to bloom apocalyptically in the couple of weeks they find suitable.

    I used to live in Atlanta where I had to scrape the coat of pollen of the car each morning. The repeat azaleas where nice in a runny-nose, tear-filled kind of way.

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