Irish heritage apples

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A quick color pencil study of an Irish Molly apple—from a photograph. Wish I had the real thing to work from.

One of the unexpected pleasures of my trip was the discovery of the heritage apple orchards at the Irish Seed Savers Association. The Native Apple Collection contains a unique orchard of over 33 self rooting varieties of apple trees that require no grafting for propagation. This is probably the largest collection of this type of apple tree in the world. It contains 140 distinct varieties of apples, like the “Irish Molly” pictured above.
In May the trees were just starting to bud, I’ll need to come back in the fall to see actual apples on trees! Eventually, I would like to illustrate this wonderfully unique collection of Irish apples in colored pencil and watercolor. I know . . . add it to the list!

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