30 January 2012

Plums, ripening

Just back from an extended weekend in Wellington, so here's a placeholder. Plums galore, but they're still ripening, and even when fully ripe they're not the best. The birds beg to differ, though.

[2 January 2012, Panasonic Lumix GH1, 100–300 mm at 300 mm, ISO 200, 1/400 at f5.6]

All content © 2012 Pete McGregor


The Elephant's Child said...

Hmmm. They look like a plum that grew in our yard while I was growing up. I agree with you about their taste. It was one of our jobs to pick up the bits the birds discarded. Not a fun job at all.

Lesley said...

Ah, but they're delicious cooked, my favourites. I'm going to a friend's house later this week, when hers should be ready, to pick lots for bottling. I eat them with yoghurt for breakfast in winter. (I'm not going more than three steps up the ladder this year, though, in case the restless earth moves again.)

It's funny how the birds know when they are properly ripe, then annoyingly take a just a peck or two out of as many as they can. (The trick is to pick them the day before!)

Anonymous said...

Ah Plums! 'Tis a lovely summer sight! I used to have some in my backyard - they were Italian plums; quite sweet when ripe. Hasta pronto!

Zhoen said...

Luminous. Colors to ease my January eyes.

pohanginapete said...

Elephant's Child, at least here the kereru (native pigeons) eat them whole. Not that anyone would be bothered picking up the bits...

Lesley, I'll take your word for it! I imagine these would need so much sugar to make them edible that any nutritional value would be swamped. You're right about the birds, though :^)

Maureen, good plums are one of my favourite fruits. Sadly, these aren't good plums.

Zhoen, the colours, even when they're at this stage, are probably the best thing about these particular plums.