February 29, 2012

A Little California Trivia

This is what it looks like right now all up and down Hwy 5 in the Central Valley of CA.
almond tree dip
Miles and miles and acres and acres of almond tree orchards. 500,000ish acres to be exactish.
The picture above is the last photo I took thru our front windshield. Too many (sad frowny face) bees splattered there.
The bee boxes (housing the bees necessary for pollination) are shown in the picture below.
And those "dirt piles" you see in the image below, next to the processing structures, are actually not dirt, but almond shells!!!
(for perspective, see the trees, also brown, in front of the piles)

80% of the world's supply of almonds is grown right here in CA's central valley. But nevermind that minor little detail; I was just happy to soak in all the visual blossom splendor ...

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Anita Johnson said...

I wish blogger had "smell-a vision"...these shots are beautiful!

Tracey said...

I have seen those miles of blossoms too...and all I can think of (besides how beautiful they are) is how corporate our farmland has become. The fact that they know how to get those trees to bloom in every other row, on time. There is not a weed in site. You must read Epitatp For a Peach. Wonderful read, and so eye opening.

Christina said...

Gorgeous! We receive California almonds as a gift each Christmas from my husband's Grandma, and I gobble them up! They are delicious!!