Showy Snowy Blossoms

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As you can see, there have been no storm clouds near my town in California this past week.  The trees are in full bloom in most places.  We stopped for a shot of the orchards last week, as they look like snow has fallen beneath the trees.

Fallen Blossoms Near Dixon

Fallen Blossoms Near Dixon

We went to the Almond Festival last weekend in the Capay Valley.  It was a very windy day and the scent of honey filled the air when I paused to take some photos, which spawned this Haiku…..

Honey Scented Almond Blossom

Honey Scented Almond Blossom

Honey scent lingers

Raging wind sweeps petals up

Blue sky, rain shy day

Capay Valley Windy Day

Capay Valley Windy Day

Right before we were moving on up the valley out of Rumsey, I spotted this oak that reminded me of the one my friend and I used to ride in Soquel.  We’d hop on a low limb and pretend that we were riding horses.    

Old Oak in Rumsey

Old Oak in Rumsey

There are days that I miss being a kid.

Old Oak

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I was out on a walk the other day and stopped to watch the cattle gazing on the hillside near my home.  I do so love cows!  I’ve loved them since I was a child on High Street in Santa Cruz.  We lived out in the country and there weren’t many people around.  The cows always came to the fence to entertain me.  Truth told, it was myself who was trying to entertain them by singing silly made-up songs.  This shot reminded me of those days as a child in the hills of Santa Cruz.

Afternoon Grazing

Afternoon Grazing

I have another memory of an old oak tree that was up on a hill in Soquel, CA.  My friend and I used to cross the large field at the top of the hill and ride on a branch that hung low enough to the ground so our feet could push the limb up and down.  We’d pretend that we were riding horses.  She loved horses and I loved cows.  Life was so simple then.  

I do so hope that you have a simple and lovely 2015!