In this photo, you see a compelling example of fruit drop and how it’s affected by pre-existing disease in the trees. If you look closely, you’ll see that the left side of this tree is yellowish, indicating that it’s health is compromised (probably due to greening). The right side of this tree is not as yellow. This in itself is a good illustration of how greening can affect only parts of some trees. Under the tree canopy, however, you can see that the fruit drop is considerably worse under the yellowish, weakened part of the tree.

You probably know by now that fruit drop in Florida citrus groves is a serious problem this year. A lot of people consider this to be one of the worst years for fruit drop in recorded history (not including freeze years).  This is one of the first photo-illustrations of just one part of the tree being affected in this way.

• Aperture:ƒ/5• Credit:Steve Rogers• Camera:NIKON D600• Taken:March 17, 2013• Focal length:58mm• ISO:1000• Location:27° 37.6501′ 0″ N 81° 28.4102′ 0″ W• Shutter speed:1/50s