The Crabapple Tree, Spring 2015

Because it’s pretty, that’s why.

You’re welcome!

29 Comments on “The Crabapple Tree, Spring 2015”

  1. Karen A. Wyle – I'm an appellate attorney, an author, a photographer, a politics junkie, and a Hoosier (aka intermittent fan of IU basketball). My published work (aside from law review/legal journal articles) includes multiple science fiction novels, some near future and some involving other planets, equipped with aliens. More recently, I've veered off into historical romance, specifically a series called Cowbird Creek and set in 1870s Nebraska. I've also published one nonfiction book, Closest to the Fire: A Writer's Guide to Law and Lawyers. While originally intended to help writers use accurate details in their legal settings and expand the scope of such stories, I realized while writing it -- and have heard from readers -- that it could also be of use and interest to students, immigrants, and anyone interested in better understanding the American legal landscape. My other blog, Looking Around, is at

    VERY pretty! Thanks :-).

  2. rjlouise – I'm twenty-seven and the deliriously happy spouse of a particularly wonderful husband. I'm a recovering Bi-Polar patient, especially from all the physical habits that come from it, and a Lupus patient, whether I like it or not (hint: I don't). I'm non-binary and still navigating what that means and how best to live in a world that ascribes to a pretty strict gender binary. But I'm ultimately healthy and happy. What else could I be when Joie means joy?

    It was such a sad day when the crabapple tree in my back yard stopped blooming. These are some of my favorite flowering trees. Thank you for sharing.

  3. It is a beautiful tree… we had one i our front yard, but it succumbed to bugs and disease a few years ago. Thanks for the pictures!

  4. Beautiful! I especially love the first picture with the vibrant colors!

  5. John, been following your site for ages, and I think its worth mentioning you have really improved as a photographer. I don’t know if you deliberately practice or anything, but this past year or so has been great.

    These pictures are stunning.

  6. You got yourself an outbreak of spring there. Enjoy it while it lasts, for soon the humidity, heat, and bugs of summer will ruin the fun.

  7. Crabapples; best jam making fruit – EVER! Tart & tasty. Shame so few people make it. John, if your trees have fruit and you need someone to, erm, clean up the yard when the fruit is ripe… Well, I’m up for a field trip.

  8. megpie71 – Australian, female, fat, over forty. Been hanging around the internet (first Usenet, now blogs) since about 1997. Far too cynical for my own good.

    Lovely flowers. It’s a joy seeing them.

  9. I sometimes forget that the rest of the world is already having spring… It was snowing just last week! Thanks for the beautil reminder!!

  10. submarelime76 MaryAnnVasQ – Marysville, CA 95901 – Grandmother of one...born and raised in California, first generation American Mexican. My grandparents brought my parents into America LEGALLY. It took my grandfathers 10 years of working to save enough money to pay for the whole family to come to America paid in full LEGALLY. My Mother said that when they came to America she had never seen a car before. She was so shocked when she saw it that it almost hit her.

    Reblogged this on Just Cause.

  11. Ultimate Nick is right! And this innocent-looking tree is obviously also part of the vast and ongoing Pineapple Pizza Coverup (PPC)!

  12. Patrickrock:

    Thanks. Part of that is a better understanding of how to do post-processing in Photoshop, i.e., how to bring out details in the pictures without making it look “overly ‘shopped.”

  13. Lovely.

    I always find it interesting how spring moves north. Just yesterday I was looking at my grandfather-in-law’s trees, in NE Alabama, and noting how the pears, plum (I think), apples, and peaches had set fruit* and yours, in Ohio, are just blooming. Their irises were still blooming and mine bloomed and faded a few weeks ago (central AL).

  14. Are the flowering trees — especially crabapple but also redbud — especially lovely this spring in the midwest? I’ve been seeing spectacular blooms all around Iowa City.

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