E.J.Wilkins

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Mistletoe #2


The loose cluster of stems hang downwards because they are not woody, they cannot support the weight of the plant.

The berries appear late autumn and stay with the plant until January or February.

The householders were kind enough to let me into their garden to take this picture as well as others of this little series which finishes on Christmas Eve.
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Mistletoe #2


The loose cluster of stems hang downwards because they are not woody, they cannot support the weight of the plant.

The berries appear late autumn and stay with the plant until January or February.

The householders were kind enough to let me into their garden to take this picture as well as others of this little series which finishes on Christmas Eve.
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comments (18)

It must have been an interesting few minutes as you stood under the Mistletoe to take this shot Ellie.
EJWilkins: Sad to say Richard I was more interesting in getting the picture vaguely right than anything else. wink
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Dec 2008, 08:23
Richard took the words out of my mouth....did you get kissed...while taking this picture gringrin
This is the first time I see Mistletoe how it 'grows'
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe
http://express.howstuffworks.com/mb-mistletoe.htm
Thanks Ellie, I got my education again, have a nice Sunday.
EJWilkins: Yesterday's picture showed it growing in a Poplar tree, the next few show different views of some growing on apple.
Lovely shot Ellie. Well done tgo get such detail and clarity against the light like that.

Happy Christmas.
EJWilkins: It was quite a challenge Sheila, I was pleased with the way this and the other pictures I took turned out. Hope you like the rest of them too
  • FLOOG
  • The library of my soul
  • 21 Dec 2008, 09:08
Ha ha, there had to be remarks about 'kissing' didn't there!

smile
EJWilkins: Only to be expected, and over the next few days there are bound to be more wink
Fabulous. Like some giant nest.
EJWilkins: It's amazing stuff Russell, this lot is growing on an ordinary apple tree in somebody's front garden. I was so lucky they didn't mind me taking pictures of it. More over the next few days
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Dec 2008, 10:42
Lol at Richard. That's some bunch of misteltoe - shame it damages the plant because it looks so attractive.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: This has, according to the householder, been growing on the tree for the last 20 odd years and it's a fairly ordinary sort of apple tree too. Looks a bit rough in the summer.
This is wonderful Ellie. Great lighting here!
EJWilkins: It was a bit of a challenge, I was pleased with the result
So you won't be short of mistletoe this year then. Nice shot Ellie.
EJWilkins: Ah, but this isn't in my garden Janet wink Mind you, it's not too far away so if I needed any I'd know where to find it
  • Tracy
  • Staffs England
  • 21 Dec 2008, 15:29
Did you have men asking for a kiss Ellie?grin
EJWilkins: Sorry, no, I think the camera must have put them off, there wasn't a soul to be seen apart from the householder who gave me permission to be in the garden.
I hope nobody starts singing that dreadful Cliff Richard song when they look at this!

That's a great clump of mistletoe Ellie
EJWilkins: Umm, what song would that be Bill? smile
I'm going to upset Bill. Let's all join in with "Mistletoe and Wine". Great shot once again Ellie.
EJWilkins: Sadly Brian, there was a distinct lack of wine anywhere near this tree wink
This is the first time I see Mistletoe how it 'grows'.Brava
EJWilkins: Thanks for stopping by Stefania.
I showed a picture of it on a tree yesterday, for the next few days there will be some more, closer, pictures.
Great detail. Interesting explanation.
  • Harv
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Dec 2008, 19:13
Did anyone offer a yuletide kiss?! That's an amazing 'sprig'!
That is an incredible image Ellie. I will have to look up the folklore of mistletoe
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Dec 2008, 22:26
"folklore of mistletoe"- yes, that might be interesting!
In the anthroposophic medicine mistletoe is used in the fight against cancer, I know persons who trust in the healing power of this plant! "Mistletoe leaves and young twigs are used by herbalists, and it is popular in Europe, especially in Germany, for treating circulatory and respiratory system problems, and cancer. Mistletoe is being studied as a potential treatment for tumors. Although such use is not yet permitted in the U.S., mistletoe is prescribed in Europe." (wikipedia)
I guess you'd call that the Kissing Tree.
If you give a kiss to your love under it at midnight the 31st of december, he (or she) will love you all the year smile

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