Exotic Fruits – The Cape Gooseberry -Physalis

I was browsing the exotic fruit aisle again in the supermarket this week and these wonderful Cape Gooseberries, or Physalis Peruviana to give them their proper name, took my fancy.  I must confess that I still haven’t actually eaten a single one of them, so intent have I been on capturing their astonishing forms and colours with my camera.

The construction of these little jewels is a testament to the miracle of nature, each one wrapped in its’ very own golden cloak, each segment of which is designed to open like wings to reveal the perfect brightly coloured fruit inside.

Here is a small sample of the images I have taken which I shall offer as a candidate for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge ‘Vivid‘, so beautiful are the colours……….

Physalis bowl DOF

Black Fruit_-4

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37 Comments Add yours

  1. west517 says:

    I absolutely love ths colors in this set! Though seemingly fall~ they have the softness of spring … another gorgeous post Jane! 🐻 🐻

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    1. Cheers west! You’re right they’re really very rich and exotic colours but their leafy cases are very autumnal! So glad you like them 🙂 😉

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  2. Jane, the photos are stunning. Why do you not have three or four coffee table photography books available for sale yet? Or calendars? Or a city who wants to paint your photos as massive murals across their buildings?
    I love those gooseberries, but I think I love the name gooseberry almost as much as the fruit itself. 😛

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    1. Oh what a lovely daydream Shelley, a book of my photos 🙂 I shall hold that thought as I troll away with my camera in the dark catacombs of obscurity 😀 HaHa! Yes I agree with you about the name, where did that come from I wonder?

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  3. Splendid photos…

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    1. Many thanks indeed Philipcambodia – much appreciated 🙂

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  4. kazg10 says:

    Perfect for vivid, I like the contrast between the brightness of the fruit and the leaves. Your still lifes are so appealing to the eye Jane 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much kazg10 – I really appreciate that you like them, it’s one of my favourite aspects of photography 🙂

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      1. kazg10 says:

        It shows Jane, you have a great eye to style and colour as to what pleases. I look forward to each post to see what you will do next 🙂

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      2. You really are too kind kazg10, I have actually just done a whole series of fruit still life shots so there are more to come ! 🙂

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  5. i love how you find beauty in simple things that others may pass by…dying roses, odd little fruit at the market, turnips. your work is simply stunning.

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    1. You are so kind frenchapple – I really am thrilled by your comments and thank you!

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  6. Grace says:

    Jane, these are lovely! Do they taste as good as they look? I have never seen or had a gooseberry before now. What a great series of shots for this week’s challenge. xx

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    1. Actually Grace I still can’t tell you as I haven’t tried one but Mr H (hubby) tells me they’re delicious, I shall know before the’ week is out ! 🙂 Glad you like the photos!

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  7. betunada says:

    i’ll bet yoove eaten one (or more) by now!
    yeah, me too: appreciate and am inspired by those who do close-up attention to the, well, “close up” and easily overlooked ~

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    1. Cheers betunada and NO! I still haven’t eaten one!!! A couple more shots to get first 😀

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  8. Mél@nie says:

    I use them now and then – to decorate only, as most people I know are not fond of these orange(sunny!) berries… your pix are gorgeous! ❤

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    1. Thank you Mélanie! You know I still haven’t tried one!

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  9. badfish says:

    I never ate a gooseberry. Never saw a gooseberry. Never had gooseberry jam, though I see it in the store sometimes when I buy apricot jam. You set them up perfectly. Great compositions. Great lighting—ambient light, or side flash?? Vivid. Tell me what they taste like when you eat one. Don’t say…like chicken.

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    1. Hi badfish! You’re not alone, I still haven’t tried one either but better eat them soon or they’ll go mushy and chickeny! Glad you like the photos, the lighting is ambient, I actually don’t possess any artificial lighting, prefer to use real daylight ! 🙂

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      1. badfish says:

        I do that, too. I have four almonds at this moment in their casings (what to call it…a green fuzzy thing). I photographed them (not well). But haven’t eaten them. But they will keep, I think. And I also like ambient light much better than flash.

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  10. Jane, these images are just SO my cup of tea! I love the contrast of light and dark colours…so very lovely xx

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    1. Many thanks Jane – really pleased you like them, I confess I prefer doing dark backgrounds for this sort of still life, more atmospheric!

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  11. Katie says:

    these are great images. I love the contrast between the outer leaves and the shine on the bright fruit

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    1. Thankyou Katie! They are amazing for having their own wrapping paper I think!

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  12. I adore cape gooseberries. I had no idea they existed until a rich ex took me to Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir au Quatres Saison in Oxfordshire for the weekend. and there were little dishes of them placed on every window ledge. Heaven.

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    1. Now that’s an ideal kind of ex! I finally got round to tasting them rather than photographing them and they are quite delicious!

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  13. Jane Lurie says:

    They are incredibly beautiful. I am wondering if you rely on window light or use additional lighting? Your work is so natural and stunning, Jane.

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    1. Many thanks Jane! No I never use additional lighting in fact I don’t possess any, it’s just natural daylight doing it’s magic!

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      1. Jane Lurie says:

        That’s my mantra, too!

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  14. Beautiful images, Jane!

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    1. Thank you Graham! I’m delighted that you like them!

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  15. pndrgn99 says:

    Hi Jane, and I try to get to the blogs of various people follow me so I can get better acquainted with them and return the caring and attention that I feel when I know they read my words. That being said I love your photography. I live in a house built in 1863, collect old things and have a great appreciation for colors and textures. Your photography is an exquisite example of what a photographer’s can see, the incredible beauty of every day life.
    Thank you for sharing your work,
    Alex

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    1. Thankyou for your kind words Pendragon, I felt sure from the beautiful words you write in your poetry that you were someone who appreciated the beauty of life’s simple things, I really appreciate that you like my work too, thank you

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