In Ukraine it is commonly believed that if there are a lot of berries on rowan-trees a harsh winter will be. Be ready!
Rowan (or sorb, in the picture the European Rowan is shown) is called 'gorobina' in Ukrainian, 'ryabina' in Russian, 'üvez' or 'ağacı' in Turkish, 'sorbo selvatico' in Italian, 'Eberesche' in German, 'sorbier' in French (or Sorbier de l'Oiseleur, which means Bird-catcher's Sorb, because this tree attracts birds and a bird-catcher awaiting under the tree can capture them; thanks to jafadabret for this additional information), 'serbal' in Spanish, 'sorveira' in Portuguese, 'jarzebina' in Polish (thanks to Graal) …
Some useful information from Wikipedia:
European Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia in Latin) is a small tree typically 4-12 m tall growing in a variety of habitats throughout northern Europe and in mountains in southern Europe and southwest Asia. Its berries are a favorite food for many birds and are a traditional wild-collected food in Britain and Scandinavia. It is one of the hardiest European trees, occurring to 71° north in Vardø in Arctic Norway, and has also become widely naturalized in northern North America.
The berries of European Rowan can be made into a slightly bitter jelly which in Britain is traditionally eaten as an accompaniment to game, and into jams and other preserves, on their own, or with other fruits. The berries can also be a substitute for coffee beans, and have many uses in alcoholic beverages: to flavor liqueurs and cordials, to produce country wine, and to flavor ale.
Rowan cultivars with superior fruit for human food use are available but not common; mostly the fruits are gathered from wild trees growing on public lands.
Rowan berries contain sorbic acid, an acid that takes its name from the Latin name of the genus Sorbus. Raw berries also contain parasorbic acid (about 0.4%-0.7% in the European rowan), which causes indigestion and can lead to kidney damage, but heat treatment (cooking, heat-drying etc.) and, to a lesser extent, freezing, neutralizes it, by changing it to the benign sorbic acid. Luckily, they are also usually too astringent to be palatable when raw. Collecting them after first frost (or putting in the freezer) cuts down on the bitter taste as well.
GPS coordinates: 50.02640 Lat, 36.34472 Long, 129 m
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robbie9 (276) 2008-11-05 3:14
Good photo and better explanation...
I like the red color so much, in opposite of the blue sky. best regards, Roberto
siamesa (28121) 2008-11-05 4:33
Lovely this picture with these red berries. I don't know how is in Portuguese, but its have a nice aspect.
a-lee (430) 2008-11-05 7:18
Really beautiful composition, colors and good sharpness.
best wishes.. a-lee
Uhu (8589) 2008-11-06 0:29
Да, может и так, потому что у нас уже - 2 сегодня. И тоже масса рябины везде.
wkraj (1268) 2008-11-06 14:25
Wonderful colours, I like this photo.
shevchenko (20516) 2008-11-06 21:10
Good close up to the fruit tree, detail to show it hang low branches, fantastic lack in leaves but rich in fruits, attractive red fruits and blue sky, this species of fruit tree is not available in south east Asia, thanks for sharing.
Yves-triga (5149) 2008-11-13 3:51
Good shoot with big explications,good colors.
daddo (26788) 2008-11-14 15:05
Zdravo Sergiy. I hope the winter will not be too severe, but looking at the quantity of berries, maybe you are in for a long winter. The colours are stunning, the POV accentuating the effect. Enigmatic title.Informative note about a berry about which I knew nothing. Pozdrav. Klaudio.
Graal (102858) 2008-12-05 22:54
in Polish - jarzebina. Nice presentation from nature, fine big image 800 x 800. Good note. I like it.
BeBeHooker (0) 2008-12-17 1:57
Nice idea, very good capture. Amazing colors. Perfect saturation.
MLINES (12516) 2008-12-27 13:56
Hi Sergiy, A wonderful view of this cherry-like tree so covered in fruit. The bright red and the blue backdrop looks very fine. TFS. Murray.
jafadabret (56501) 2009-02-01 23:38
En France c'est le Sorbier de l'Oiseleur parce que cet arbre attire les oiseaux et que l'oiseleur n'a qu'à les attendre pour les capturer. Ici les baies sont très nombreuses et font tout le charme de la photo. Le ciel bleu fait un beau contraste avec l'orangé des fruits.
Beau travail !
LeeLoo (0) 2009-02-04 11:36
Dear Sergiy Lushpenko!
Amazing Red Army!
Wonderful light and bright.
Very good sharpness.
stego (24132) 2009-05-15 10:44
The berry clusters produce an attractive pattern that is nicely complemented and enhanced by the bright sun and the backdrop of tree branches, autumnal foliage and blue sky. It's a beautiful photo!
parbo (11092) 2009-06-10 19:49
Amazing colors of berries on tree while dried yellow leafs are creating splendid contrast. I liked your skillful usage of square frame too and excellent addition of blue sky as clear background there. Congratulations.
sacimar (26205) 2010-01-25 14:53
good red composition! I like it, the visual effect is impressive, good details and sharpness, well seen!
pajaran (60595) 2010-02-25 3:26
Pozdrav iz Cuprije gde dugo pada kisa, na putu ima mnogo vode.
Odlican tekst, lepe boje i fotografija, dobro ste je predstavili, lep motiv.
Prijatan uspesan dan, zeli vam Paja.
Greetings from Cuprija where long raining, the road has a lot of water.
Excellent text, beautiful color and photos, you are well presented, beautiful theme.
Nice successful day, you want Paja.
kordinator (20519) 2010-05-23 3:11
Really beautiful composition, colors and good sharpness.
Have a nice weekend
iainsp (2630) 2010-10-18 10:36
You have almost got the effect of a double or triple exposure here - you have found so many berries on this tree. Nice DoF to maintain good clarity of focus, lovely colour management. Many thanks, Iain
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-05-09 3:31
Excellent capture of this red berried tree. Your note explains all about this tree. I like the pov and the strong colors. Well composed and framed.
- Copyright: Sergiy Lushpenko (s_lush) (16134)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-11-04
- Categories: Food, Nature
- Camera: SONY DSC-W200
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): 50°N (50th parallel north in Eastern Ukraine) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-11-05 1:14