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A Flowering Apple Tree

Spain as a country is not known to be big in growing apples and even less so, the island of Mallorca. There are some homegrown apples, though, and pears, here and there.

Yesterday, I could not resist taking this shot of a flowering apple tree (Malus domestica). There are innumerable varieties of this species, easily surpassing a thousand. I don’t know how many of these varieties one can find in Mallorca but, apples do grow in some regions of the Balearic Isles. Apparently, the apple tree shown here was grown from the seed of an English apple, would you believe it, and it is doing fantastically well.

Let me also tell you that I heard the nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) sing yesterday near where I took this photo. Again, I was surprised about the unexpected and beautiful whistling crescendo but there you are. The nightingale is a migrating bird; it winters in southern Africa. It is usually the male bird that one can hear sing.

Springtime is simply the best time of the year for Mallorca, in my opinion, and the sights I saw yesterday and the sounds I heard just proved it one more time.

The photo was taken near Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: May 1st, 2010. The time was 10:48:05.

2 replies »

  1. Hola que tal?
    I’m just back home from 5 glorious days on Mallorca. Over 750 photos to edit. I must return next spring.
    I love your blog
    Mark

  2. Good morning!
    We are newcomers to Mallorca but discovered your blog by chance a couple of years ago while beginning to gather information about the island. We have found it a superb source of information and love the variety of often off-beat subjects which appear very thoroughly researched and presented in a factual, unbiased and always interesting manner.
    I was amazed to find that none of the people I have mentioned this blog to, some of whom have lived here for many years, had even heard about it. So, I now make a point of “spreading the word”, as I think you deserve many more readers. Congratulations on a great blog!
    Brigitte
    P.S. The sound of a nightingale singing near our house (day and night for the last two weeks) enchants us too!

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