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Wandering through my fruit orchard I see that the blooms are fading. This year, due to the drought, I will not have a lot of fruit but I did find that we will have some, that is if I can get to the ripening fruit before the birds and raccoons! So today I wanted to share what I found on my fruit trees!

The 3 in 1 cherry tree is fully loaded! We have never gotten a lot off of this tree, and this year each and every branch is heavy with fruit!

Just one mass of cherries

Just one mass of cherries

Most of the almonds on my tree are close to the top. Not quite what we had last year, but still there will be enough!

Almonds

Almonds

Check out these itty bitty nectarines!

Nectarines

Nectarines

And, this fuzzy little fruit is tomorrow’s peach!

Peach

Peach

On my plum tree, which is a 5 in 1, only one branch is fully loaded. We had some hail damage and that knocked off the blossoms…

Plums

Plums

One final shot…These blossoms are on one of my apple trees. I got lucky with this shot to have this lovely little pollinator in the photo!

Apple blossoms

Apple blossoms

I can just imagine the flavors of each one of these! How about you? :)

Have a great Tuesday, and thanks for taking the time to drop on by today!

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Today I wanted to feature some photos of the amazingly beautiful cherry blossoms on our trees. We have two trees. One is the tart Montgomery cherry, and the other tree is a 3 in one. This tree has Rainier, Black Tartarian, and a Lapins. So far I have tasted two cherries off of both trees as the birds and raccoons sometimes get there before I do!

So let’s take a look at what will hopefully become this year’s bumper crop of cherries! These trees are now about 6 years old!

I just love the cherry blossoms. They are so fragrant!

Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms

As I was taking photos of these lovely flowers the tree was humming with bee activity! Check out the chunk of pollen collected by this bee! If you double click on this photo you will see it full screen!

A pollinator

A pollinator

The flowers have a pattern that is unique to the cherry. Check out the striations in the petals. You will not see this in other fruit blossoms.

Patterns in the petals

Patterns in the petals

Here is a blossom raising its face to the sun!

Looking up at the sun

Looking up at the sun

The flowers are in clusters. Here is a shot with five blossoms…Can’t you just imagine five lovely cherries hanging from this tree, ready for me to pick and pop in my mouth? :)

Tomorrow's fruit

Tomorrow’s fruit

I can just imagine the sweet juices filling my mouth…mmmm….

Thanks for dropping by today, and I hope that you enjoyed today’s photos! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Well, it is the beginning of the work week once again! So, I thought this morning I would share a bit of sunshine with you all found in the faces of some flowers in my spring garden! The flower: Calendula!

Welcoming in the day

Welcoming in the day

Rays of sunshine

Rays of sunshine

I wanted to share more than these two photos but I need to get ready for work and WordPress is having issues as I keep getting HTTP errors when I try to upload photos!

NEWS FLASH: Low snow is expected in the Sierra Foothills this afternoon, with a winter weather advisory! Here is what the National Weather service has to say: “WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 11 AM PDT TUESDAY ABOVE 2500 FEET… * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 3 INCHES.”

I wish you a great Monday! Thanks for dropping by!

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One of my favorite fruits of summer is the nectarine. I love the gentle flavors and the smooth skin of this fruit. Because I love this fruit so much I planted two trees in my fruit orchard. The flowers in the spring are an amazing deep pink, and in the fall the leaves turn lovely shades of reds and orange. So venturing out the other day into the orchard, with one of the nectarines in full bloom, I decided to take some photos to share with you of its lovely blossoms! And, I discovered a surprise within a blossom!

A lovely nectarine blossom

A lovely nectarine blossom

As I rounded another side of the tree I spied something within one of the blossoms!

An unusual find

An unusual find

Amazing – huh?

Check out those legs!

Check out those legs!

And what a face!

What a face!

What a face!

Here she is checking me out from behind the petals!

Peeking out behind the petals

Peeking out behind the petals

Pretty flowers and one heck of a pretty bee too!

Thank you for dropping by today! Have a great Thursday! :)

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On my wanderings, I find some really amazing stuff which I like to feature for you. Today is no different! Here is the challenge for you, dear reader. Can you figure out what this is? The last photo gives you the answer! Let’s go take a look, shall we?

Amazing colors and textures

Amazing colors and textures

Varying shades of color

Varying shades of color

Horizontal with a splash of vertical

Horizontal with a splash of vertical

Do you know what this is? Well the caption on this next photo tells you!

Cherry tree bark!

Cherry tree bark!

Isn’t that amazing looking bark? A true work of art that nature gives to us! Thanks B for letting me wander around your yard!

Here it is, Wednesday! We are half way through the week! Have a wonderful day and thank you for taking the time to stop by!

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The title of this post says it all! Those glorious flowers of a legend are back! The legend, which I debunked last year, is that when it snows on the dogwoods that will be the final snow for the season and time to plant your gardens. Actually, it is when the petals fall from the dogwoods that it is time to plant your gardens! The dogwood featured in this post are also from Barb’s garden. My dogwood is not opening yet, and these blossoms were so lovely that they just needed to be featured!

Let’s start with buds opening…

Blossoms beginning to open

Blossoms beginning to open

Aren’t they lovely?

Here are a few other shots that I took of this lovely tree’s blossoms…

A dogwood blossom

A dogwood blossom

Can you see the spider web?

Curly petals

Curly petals

These flowers certainly are photogenic!

Facing the sun

Facing the sun

They are beautiful, aren’t they?

Well, have a great Tuesday, and as usual, thank you for dropping in!

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Every spring I look forward to seeing the wisteria bloom. This climbing plant blooms before the leaves appear, with the blooms hanging off the branches. This is one plant that I do want to add to my yard but I need to pick a perfect spot for this lovely plant! My friend Barb has this plant at her house growing on a trellis at the front of her house. Knowing that this should be blooming I inquired, and to my delight found that her plant is just starting to bloom! Shall we take a look?

A touch of gold

A touch of gold

This plant is in the pea family, which if you are familiar with that flower you will notice the similarities! And like the sweet pea, this is a very fragrant flower!

Fragrant flowers

Fragrant flowers

Bees were buzzing all around this plant. Having a plant like this will bring the pollinators into your garden! Here is what they go after!

The stamens poke out of the flower

The stamens poke out of the flower

As you know I always see faces in nature and this plant showed me a face too!

The face of Goofy the Dog

The face of Goofy the Dog

I hope that you enjoyed these photos of this lovely plant! Now go out and have a great Monday, and thank you for stopping by!

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Today we welcome in spring! So let us celebrate the day with photos featuring signs of spring, shall we? Ready to head out?

Glory in yellow!

Glory in yellow!

The center of a camellia

The center of a camellia

Lupine in the spring

Lupine in the spring

Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms

A peach blossom

A peach blossom

Shades of tangerine

Shades of tangerine

And one final photo!

A nectarine blossom

A nectarine blossom

Enjoy your day, and take a step outside to appreciate the beauty of this day! Thank you for stopping by today! Have a terrific Thursday!

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One of the things that I love looking at are the different textures and patterns that one can find in bark. The other day, out and about with the camera, I discovered a frog, crickets, mushrooms and the following: Some amazing looking colors and textures in bark! Ready to bark with me?

Here is a shot of the bark sapping on a grey pine. The branch that was here was cut in the fall. To me, this looks like it’s wearing a broach! My mom would have loved to wear something this pretty!

Sapping

Sapping

I loved the texture and cracking on this bark! The sprouting green adds a lovely contrast!

Hazelnut bark

Hazelnut bark

As the grey pine grows the bark expands exposing these lovely colors!

Grey pine bark

Grey pine bark

The colors in the Madrone trees is one of my favorite barks here in the Sierra Foothills. It has such lovely contrasts!

Madrone bark

Madrone bark

One final shot…This is the bark on one of our oaks. I liked the way the bark cracks along this knot in the tree!

Knot for me!

Knot for me!

Well, we made it to Wednesday! Enjoy your day and as always, thank you for taking the time to stop by!

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Survival here in the Sierra Foothills means that you need to blend in so that you will not be noticed. Not for us humans, but for the critters that make their home here next to us. When I was out and about in the backyard, I saw something flitting through the air and when it settled I was having a hard time discovering what it was. Then I saw one of these things move and caught where it landed! What is it? Well, let’s see if you can find what is in this photo!

Do you see what I discovered?

Do you see what I discovered?

Let’s take another look!

Great camouflage

Great camouflage

There were many of these around me but they are very hard to see!

Here's another one!

Here’s another one!

What caught my eye was they way this little guy was flipping his wings!

Fluttering his wings

Fluttering his wings

Want to check out one of the lovely faces on this cricket?

Up close

Up close

Pretty cool – huh? I think so and hope that you do too!

Well, have a great Tuesday, and thanks for taking the time today to drop by!

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