It took me a little while to think of a good subject for this week’s WordPress weekly photo challenge. Of course, I could easily have twisted something and taken a quick picture of its distorted state but I was thinking I could try to get a more natural subject. And then, as I walked right by “it” one morning as I do several times a day during the school week, I knew it would be a great illustration for this week’s theme.
As I walk into my kids’ school parking lot every day, I spot a colorful fruit tree full of yellow and green accents. The first time I spotted this tree growing in a neighbor’s yard, I was shocked to see how much fruit was hanging on it untouched. The fruit is easily accessible from the school grounds without having to reach over the fence and into the private property.
As I walked closer to the tree my first reaction was, “ew, gross!” Here’s what I saw.
In case you haven’t recognized these shapes, I need to tell you they are lemons. And some pretty distorted ones I should say. Every single lemon on the tree displays that disorted shape.
As much as I was tempted to pick a bunch of lemons when I saw them from afar, I instantly dropped that thought after my close-up experience. These may be the juiciest, most fragrant lemons I’ll ever see but I can’t make myself pick even a few to try out. They just look like something really bad happened to them. This has to be the result of an experimental radioactive mutation gone bad and ingesting any lemon juice seems to me like a terrible idea.
Alright, so I may be paranoid but I don’t feel I’m alone. Take a look at the whole tree and guess how many people are eager to pick these free ripe lemons. My guess is, none. Would you take the chance?