A man pruning apple trees in an icy orchard in Michigan discovered a very odd phenomenon ‘ghost apples’. A freezing rain coated the rotting apples, creating a solid icy shell around them. As he pruned the trees, the trees shook, causing some apples to fall off. But those that remained on the tree had the mush slip out the bottom, leaving ‘ghost apple’.
posted the pictures on Facebook, and the images quickly went viral.
Ghost apples are so rare because they require very specific weather conditions – where it is cold enough for water to freeze but also to allow the apples inside the casing to rot.
Freezing rain coated the rotting apples, creating a solid icy shell around them. As he pruned the trees, the shaking caused the mushy flesh of some of the frozen apples to pour out the bottom, leaving the ice encasing behind in a perfectly formed apple shape. It’s much like a paper-mache would be constructed.
Reaction from people all over the globe has been one of wonderment. “The wonders of nature never cease to amaze.