Sunday, March 08, 2009

Almond Blossoms

In the California central valley, thousands of acres of land are dedicated to almond groves. In fact, (according to wiki) the US produces 41% of the world's almonds and almost all of it is grown in California.

We drive by the groves on the way to and from the hideaway.

They bloom between the end of February to mid-March.

We happened to catch the bloom at their peek.

A few brand new pink buds were blooming.

Each blossom will become an almond and by late summer, the trees are heavy and ready for harvest.

They smelled heavenly.

The bees were very happy.
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8 comments:

rosemary said...

stunning photos....at first I thought there was snow on the ground under the trees....but it looks like petals.

Monica said...

Beautiful!

Shammickite said...

How gorgeous! I bet it smelled wonderful. You are so lucky to live where spring arrives in March.
I am so envious of all the bloggers who are talking about spring flowers, I am still frozen solid and there are nasty grey humps of ex-snow everywhere. Spring, where are you?
Plus I'm feeling particularly miserable today cos I've had the worst head cold ever, and now my whole face hurts and my teeth hurt and my head hurts... am I boring you with all these details of my current medical state??? Blah!

Debby Schuh said...

I don't know if I've ever seen almond trees in blossom like that! How gorgeous!

Ginnie said...

Thank God for almonds, Mad. I love them! And thank God for the bees. I hope they are coming back this year in full force!

Ragged Around the Edges said...

So beautiful. I imagine a breeze blowing through and little petals flying everywhere, much like snowflakes. Amazing photos, as always.

Jodi said...

Gorgeous photos, Mad!

Andie said...

Sigh...I want to build a white house smack dab in the middle of those groves.

Wow, phenom photos love!
xxoo,
a.