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In the fall of 1997 we were driving along route 110 in Milan, New Hampshire when we came upon a small sign, "Apples". We had been up to the Milan Fire Tower taking pictures for a panorama. We stopped at the Lang's to buy a few apples. The fellows growing them, Henry Lang and his brother were most interesting people.

Here's Henry's brother picking apples.

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Taking the apples out of the picker.

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A home-made windmill, most of the workings are made from pipe fittings.

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Henry Lang, showing us some of his apple varieties.

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This is a bridge graft he made on one of his trees that was splitting apart. The cross piece continues to grow, holding the tree together.

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Another bridge graft.

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This is a pear tree he grafted onto a thorn bush. He couldn't get a pear tree to survive in the cold winters up here (40 below zero sometimes for a week at a time), so since thorn bushes do well he decided to put the two together. Notice that the upper part, the pear tree is growing faster than the thorn bush.

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Here's another one he's starting, this is the thorn leaf on the lower section. You can also see some of the thorns.

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The pear leaves on the top.

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Here's one he started this year (1997). He put several on the same trunk and will cut off all but the best later.

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A closeup showing the grafting wax to protect the graft.

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Another one.

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And another.

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And another.

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