Nature is awesome! GHOST APPLES in Sparta, Michigan

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Nature is certainly capable of creating some pretty amazing things, and one resident of Sparta, Michigan, just happened to be in the right place at the right time to see one of the winter’s most beautiful formations.

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A ghost apple in Michigan. Picture by Andrew Sietsema/Facebook

Last week, Andrew Sietsema was pruning some apple trees after freezing rain had hit the area and while he was working, he snapped a few pictures of what he has since dubbed “ghost apples.”

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A ghost apple in Michigan. Picture by Andrew Sietsema/Facebook

Sietsema, who manages a local orchard told that the apples are of the Jonagold variety, “but we’ll call these Jona-ghosts,” he said. He estimated the ice to be about 1/2-inch thick, and that the apples “felt like Christmas tree bulbs.

So, how exactly does something like this form?

The flesh of some apples, especially those that remain on trees late after the harvest season, will decay into almost an applesauce-like consistency. The skin keeps it in like a filled water balloon.

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A ghost apple in Michigan. Picture by Andrew Sietsema/Facebook

Due to a combination of freezing rain and prolonged subzero temperatures, ice initially encased the whole fruit, but then the rotted apple mush seeped out from the bottom of the icy sphere, leaving the detailed, hollowed-out impression of an apple.

I like the term ‘ghost apple.’

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2 COMMENTS

  1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

    The same was in the beginning with God. (John 1:2)

    All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:3)

  2. That is called chemical ice nucleation and is man-made, nothing natural about it. Pull your head out and look up; the planes are spraying death in the form of heavy metals and endothermic reactions

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