Fresno Blossom Trail – Near Sanger
February 21, 2017
Time of Day: Early Evening, 1 hour before Sunset
Around these parts they say an ammond is an almond that has lost it’s L.
Here in the Fresno area there’s an abundance of fruit and nut trees available which put on a nice show each spring. The challenge is finding an orchard with plenty of green cover between the rows to set it off.
I stumbled onto this Almond orchard after driving around for about 3 hours on the Blossom Trail near Sanger. The trees seemed to have the perfect spacing for geometrically pleasing compositions as well, unlike many others. Many Farmers try to get as many trees in there as possible so the symmetry here is special. A typical tree could have over 1,000 almonds growing and each nut must have its own blossom. So flowers are plentiful during peak bloom.
There was a break in the trees for access which leads to a bright and open feeling in the image. To top it off, there is an orange grove across the street to the west which shelters the Almond orchard from the wind, extending the bloom period, notable in this particularly stormy and windy year.
So like a kid in a candy store with a pocket full of money, I had a field day - returning several times under different skies.
Of the several hundred images taken, I prefer this image for its overall color balance. The trees have been pollenized and will soon green up so there is plenty of warm color.
This is simply a nice view of life here in the San Joaquin Valley in late Winter.
Of course, next year when I return there may well be a fence of some kind blocking the space and a vineyard here. If not, perhaps there will be a totally different feeling to the scene.
You places your bets, and you takes your chances.