Miracle. All of it.

The Great Cold Snap of 2019 has given us a ton of terms we didn’t know we needed: Frost quakes. Snow squalls. Steam fog. Now we can add another one to the list: ghost apples.  Andrew Sietsema was pruning apple trees in an icy orchard in western Michigan when he came across some.  “I guess it was just cold enough that the ice covering the apple hadn’t melted yet, but it was warm enough that the apple inside turned to complete mush (apples have a lower freezing point than water),” Sietsema told CNN.  “And when I pruned a tree it would be shaken in the process, and the mush would slip out of the bottom of the ‘ghost apple.'”…

~ Doug Criss & Gianluca Mezzofiore, Another byproduct of this extreme cold: ghost apples (CNN, February 8, 2019)

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  • Inspiration: Inspired by Albert Einstein’s quote: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”


  1. Destructive and yet beautiful (as long as you’re not the owner of the orchard…) These past couple of years have given us all sorts of new ‘terms’ and descriptors. 😳

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  2. nature’s attempt at trying to make lemonade out of lemons/apples – providing us with this gift of beautiful art from the most extreme weather

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  3. Midwest got it’s own ornaments with this polar vortex. Different kind of beauty.

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  4. What I can’t quite understand is the pruning in such a terrible cold…. the trees surely have to keep their sap firmly ‘together’ and shd not undergo the pain of being pruned in these circumstances… BUT then I’m not an apple grower… 🍎🍏 I only love to eat them. 🤗❤👍🏻

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  5. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    it’s simply amazing!! …. ‘The Great Cold Snap of 2019 has given us a ton of terms we didn’t know we needed: Frost quakes … ‘

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  6. So fascinating and beautiful…

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  7. So glad he took a photo!

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  8. Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, fruit on trees is cooking from the inside because the pits or stones are getting so hot.

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  9. Very cool!

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  10. Isn’t that what love does to us?

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  11. great photo

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  12. Fascinating!

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  13. and .. hubbs home town, he knows the Sietsmas and we live about 15 miles SE of there — cool hey? The “fruit ridge” of west Michigan produces some of the world’s best apples. Nom nom!

    🙂 MJ

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  14. Didn’t know that, how interesting

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  15. This is so hard on the animals. Breaks my heart. The apple is pretty but you see the ice on the branches? If that’s the case in the woods where the twigs are iced over, that means the deer can’t browse.

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  16. I love the duality of the photo’s image…
    my relatives have in products over a thousands of acres of apples and pears currently there is 3 feet of snow on the ground!at this closed to 120 years old homestead…w/ century farm designation. Oh, the stories of growing up visiting and staying there. One of the most scenic areas I’ve ever seen. Always thought I’d live there…
    info world wide
    biggest cider producing states, hard and I think regular

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