Sunday 28 August 2011

In Dawn's early Light
Viennese Escapes: Illmitz

Dawn's early Light
As the sun slowly
climbs over the horizon
of the eastern sky,

the yellow fruits
of a wild yellow plum tree

reflect and multiply
the early sunrays' light.

I found this wild growing yellow plum -
native to Europe and the Caucasus -
in a thicket of woods along
the reedbeds of Lake Neusiedl.
The grass beneath the tree was strewn
with freshly fallen, sun-ripened fruits,
glistening in the morning dew.
I picked up a few:
They tasted like nourishment
from heaven!

is the Austrian term for Krieche, *
also known as Hafter- or Pflaumenschlehe.

This wild mirabelle
reminds me of Dawson plums,
but with yellow, softer flesh that melts on the tongue,
bursting with apricot and honey flavours.
A spoonful of Kriecherl jam
on your toast on a dreary winter morning
takes you instantly
back to warm August days!

* Prunus domestica ssp. insititia Syn.:
Prunus insititia/insiticia

Photographed by Merisi
Along the shores of Lake Neusiedl
near Illmitz
in the early hours of
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Lake Neusiedl-Seewinkel
National Park

Less than an hour's drive
south of Vienna

Images and text
© Merisi


  1. I'd definitely make some jam with those golden beauties.

  2. I adore plums, prunes, plum jams and cakes, never saw, or tasted a golden plum before, yet I know that I would love it too~

  3. Magical images.
    And I can almost taste the jam.

  4. WOW!!!!!!AMAZING BLOG!!!!!!!!!!<3

  5. Gorgeous colours, lovely.

  6. I've never seen a yellow plum. How beautiful.

  7. I don't really like the taste of plums but they sure are beautiful on the tree.

  8. These plums are delicious in the UK too. I ate some yesterday in the Cotswolds.

  9. Thank you all for your kind comments!

    Ellee Seymour,
    I walked by that wild plum tree again, last week.
    All the fruits are gone now. The birds had a feast. I hope.

  10. Indeed, Carol! They tasted even better than they looked, imagine. ;-)

  11. These photos are gorgeous. They are poetry for the eyes.
    I want one of those plums! Or two!

  12. Cipriano,
    thank you!
    Those plums tastes like pure sunshine.
    It was such a beautiful morning.


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