I would never have thought that a piece of fruit could be so provocative, almost erotic in it's citrusy way, but these images are just that! Beautiful, luscious, inviting; entrancing in the way light dances off its skin, makes the flesh translucent; the beads of juice like fine honeyed amber washed up from the sea.That last image, especially, looks as if one of the Dutch masters had just finished adding the final touch of oil paint to it.Lucy, your work is so extraordinarily breath-taking. Thank you for posting this.
SWMBO says people liked the taste but they didn't like the seeds in tangerines. So they've been hybridized (her word, not mine) into clementines and Cuties. Actually she says Cuties (that's a brand name) are probably Mandarin oranges. Whatever. Your pictures are stunning, Lucy, so call 'em what you will, eat 'em and enjoy!
Lucy,SWMBO fell in love with your third picture. I printed it out on photo paper for her, 8 by 10, glossy, and she says she's going to frame it. Promise we won't try to sell it though. Just enjoy it...Bruce
Thanks dears.I remember hearing that about tangerines years ago, at the time satsumas came on the market, which have been popular in the UK ever since, but apparently nowhere else, at least not in Europe. They have a loose skin and are very easy to peel, rather bland, and hence popular for kids. Everywhere else favours clementines, apparently. These clemenvillas I've only been awareof in recent years, though apparently they were developed in the 1940s, a hybrid of a clementine and some kind of grapefruit. They are larger and tighter skinned and quite acid, but very flavourful. I made quite a few of this batch into marmalade; I find if you can't get proper Seville oranges, which I never can, clementine types are best because of the thin peel and absence of pith, as long as you don't overboil them at the initial stage, and add a couple of lemons. The clemenvillas produced particularly good results, being quite sharp and juicy.I seem to have become a citrus fruit anorak...Bruce - you're very welcome, but is the resolution high enough? I generally shrink them to about 800 px wide - I can send you a larger version if you like...
Rather bland! Easy to peel! And I eat one a day. I have spat in the aisle of the church of St Lucy and must now crawl away, unworthily.
Wow. I'll have to eat one slowly in sunlight next time. Mmmm.
Little to report, but much to take pleasure in - quite wonderful photographs!
You're not a citrus anorak until you've started eating the giant pomelos. They are often set out as offerings for asian shrines. Mostly peel unfortunately but the inside is beautiful pale pink or green and tastes like a mild grapefruit.Oh and -- Sun! Yum!
Your brief post is almost a haiku. And an outstanding one too. Or are you employed by the Tangerine Marketing Board? I feel impelled to run out and buy one, Eating a tangerine becomes a profound almost mystical experience, And the sunlight on the tranclucent segments! Sublime.
Beautiful, beautiful. The light coming through them....amazing.
Lucy, the picture came out beautifully. Thanks again.
I'm sitting here - looking at these pictures, mouth wide open and in speechless admiration.
my mouth is tinglingso alive are your photos
After this, I need to go downstairs and eat some light.
what a beautiful series of photos - but clementines, satsumas, tangerines, i never know the difference
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