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photoblog image This Old Tree

This Old Tree

This battered old apple tree still produces apples and they stay attached till very late winter or early spring.  They are the first food for some returning spring robins and waxwings.

 

The tree roots were pruned severely by necessity about twenty years ago and the tree has declined year after year. It was once strong and held a play fort.

 

photoblog image IMG_9587.JPG

 

This Old Tree

This battered old apple tree still produces apples and they stay attached till very late winter or early spring.  They are the first food for some returning spring robins and waxwings.

 

The tree roots were pruned severely by necessity about twenty years ago and the tree has declined year after year. It was once strong and held a play fort.

 

photoblog image IMG_9587.JPG

 

comments (13)

i was pleased with your sentence about the benefit for the birds, Mary. old but still contributing.
Care MacADNski: For many years now I have shown birds and foxes eating under this tree.
Well you've taken some very pretty shots of them - and I'm glad it's still taking care of the birds.
Lovely song!
Care MacADNski: It is not a boomer year for the tree. like all apple trees, some years they kind of rest.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 15 Nov 2019, 07:22
A tree with a history, and still going strong
Care MacADNski: It will be the next to go. I lost three old apple trees a couple of months ago and did no trimming on this. The tree fort was wonderful thirty some years ago.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Nov 2019, 07:23
It is good it still produces fruit
Care MacADNski: I’d is a very good producer but this year was a rest year for it, like al apple trees have regularly.
The old apple tree is still a "Giving Tree," Mary, and I love it for you and the birds.
Care MacADNski: It is one of my favourite trees for the pleasure and memories it holds for our family. A women’s group I was in did a photo shoot in winter where we were all sitting on various branches.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Nov 2019, 07:37
What a wonderful view to have these apples hanging on the tree like that, Mary. A joy for the birds and a joy to the eye.
Care MacADNski: It is still climbable for the grandchildren and an awesome spot for photos.
Are they good to eat? I love apples
Care MacADNski: Not really. They are a large crabapple. The birds eat them at the end of winter.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 15 Nov 2019, 09:12
It always amazes me how dying or dead looking apple trees still manage to produce fruit.
Care MacADNski: It is true. Even though the tree is dying it still produces abundantly, though this year was a rest year for it.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Nov 2019, 14:54
It is wonderful how it keeps on fruiting!
Care MacADNski: It is very abundant though this year it is in it’s rest cycle as all apple trees seem to have.
Well it looks to be going strong still Mary.
Care MacADNski: It is still a good producer though is in a rest year this year.
i like the bright picture in the sun Mary... but i like the one with shade that gave you some nice silhouettes... the birds will be happy over the winter....petersmile
Care MacADNski: It is a favourite tree. It once held a fort so is special to the kids too. And the birds...
The tree sounds like it's one of the family! Lovely images, Mary smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Nov 2019, 01:48
Reproduction is a prime motivator.

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