About three weeks ago, as I was out walking in the nature habit, I had my eyes on the path ahead, looking for tiny blossoms that might make good macro subjects.

As I rounded a corner, I glanced up and saw these ripening crab apples above my head.

Childhood friends had a crab apple tree in their back yard. We’d pick the “crabs”, as we called them, from the branches we could reach and eat until we had stomach aches – but we kept going back for more. I can still taste those sour little apples in my memory.

I was also reminded of two things that were mentioned in a phone photography course, and these were : When you’re looking down or ahead for something to photograph, don’t forget to look behind you and also look up every now and then.

Sometimes, in life, we get so focused on the task at hand that we maybe miss things in the big picture. Just looking up was enough to make me smile with fond memories of hot summer days with friends so very long ago.

Photography Note: I took the original photo into Snapseed and applied the portrait filter. This deepened the colours a bit and that’s where I decided to stop with post processing.

“She had only to stand in the orchard, to put her hand on a little crab tree and look up at the apples, to make you feel the goodness of planting and tending and harvesting at last.”

Willa Cather