Monday, February 21, 2011

Monday Morning Almond Blossoms


Happy Monday, My People!

HOB and I took the seven hour drive to Sacramento this past weekend.

It was glorious fun to get out of town and go visit friends.



We passed thousands of almond trees on Highway 5.


Almond Fans, Rejoice!


This year's crop looks good!


Hope you have a bountiful Monday.



Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun. Care for those around you. Look past your differences. Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices no more easily made. And give, give in any way you can, of whatever you posses. To give is to love. To withhold is to wither. Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.

--Kent Nerburn

48 comments:

slommler said...

I don't think I have ever seen an almond tree in bloom. Such beautiful delicate flowers! Wow!
Loved the poem too! Thanks
Happy Monday to you too!
Hugs
SueAnn

welcome to my world of poetry said...

An excellent blog Betty, very fresh to the eye and uplifting to the spirit,

Yvonne.

Gaston Studio said...

We have a tree in our yard that no one in the city recognizes... it looks very similar to those almond trees, in first bloom. I wonder if you know... do they have a short bloom cycle, then burst into green leaves? I'd love to know what this tree of ours is as it's very old and just beautiful!

Madi and Mom said...

OMC what a beautiful drive you had...thank you for sharing the almond tree blooms. Mom has never, ever seen an almond tree. Now when she munches on almonds she'll picture that beautiful bloom.
Hugs Madi

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

Even the blossoms look yummy!

Joe Cap said...

Ahoy, there, BB!
Those are great pictures! I love road trips like that...I wish I had more time to do these types of things.

I hope you are well!

Catherine said...

Look at your beautiful sun and blossoms ~ oh to have such warm weather ~ you are a lucky woman my friend!!!

Happy Monday!
xo Catherine

Anne Gallagher said...

Thank you Betty. At least I know it's spring somewhere in the world.

laughingmom said...

Thanks for the tranquil start to my Monday!

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

I've never seen an almond tree before. They are very pretty.

Donna said...

Oh Betty! These are Beautiful!! I can only imagine how they looked in person!!
Happy Monday!
hughugs

Marlene said...

Boy...that part of the country sure does look different than this part! Thanks for the bright, uplifting pics.

After losing nearly all our snow, we got another inch last night. UGH.

Leah J. Utas said...

Lovely and life-affirming.

blueviolet said...

I love, love, love almonds so that makes me happy. The quote is just fantastic too.

Linda said...

It's easy to forget, in our current flowerless state of snow, bare trees, and flat light, that the beauty of flowering trees may be only weeks away for us, too. Thanks for the glimpse of the beauty of your world to give us the patience to wait for it to bloom in ours.

Jules said...

You know I think if it wasn't for your lovely photos every Monday I might just stay in bed :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Susan in the Boonies said...

I'm a huge almond fan! Your pictures make me rejoice in regard to my culinary/gustatory future!!! Good news!

And lovely photos, Betty. Thanks for sharing!

Baby Sister said...

I love when trees start flowering. It makes me happy. :)

Out on the prairie said...

I used to go into a grove after picking and get the leftovers.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

So that's what almond trees look like...?

Teresa Evangeline said...

Love the photos. The quote started my day just right. Thanks.

Pat Tillett said...

Thanks for the my monday morning fix! I always look forward to the photos and words!

TS Hendrik said...

Speaking as an almond lover, that is a beautiful sight.

Old Kitty said...

This is my first view of almond trees!! I have never seen one in blossom let alone a whole orchard!! How lovely!!!! Yesterday I baked fig and almond muffins so it's great to see how these yummy nuts started! Yay!!!

Awww the quote is superb!! Thank you BB!! Glad you had a great time in Sacramento! Take care
x

Jennifer Shirk said...

Cool! I've never seen an almond tree. So pretty!

baygirl32 said...

so pretty, I especially like the last one

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Wow! We have plenty of cherry blossoms around here, but I've never seen almond blossoms. So beautiful!

And, thank you for the sweet comment over at My Perspective. :)

GreatGranny said...

I love almonds and I'm glad to see this abundant crop with such lovely flowers.

Joyful said...

I absolutely love those blossoms. Thanks for your input to my cost request. I think I share your view of how much the little sweater should go for. My friend wouldn't pay more than that anyway I'm sure and it isn't the "best" since it is my first ;-)

ds said...

I do love almonds--these blossoms are wonderful. Some hope for spring while it snows here (again). Quote is fantastic. Words to live by. Thank you.

Hilary said...

Such a beautiful sight for winter-sore eyes.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I like Saco, especiall Old Saco, and the weather was perfect.Wasn't it? Only you would take such nice pictures along the 5.
xoRobyn

Lydia K said...

I can't wait for the spring flowering trees. You're getting me excited for winter to be over.

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

Beautiful shots, Betty!
Great blossoms!

Happy Monday!

Barb said...

These almond groves are spectacular. We visit Sacramento every spring to get out of our CO snow.

Ann said...

I've never seen an almond blossom before. They sure are pretty.

Daisy said...

Wow! So gorgeous! Thank you, Betty. I needed that today. :)

Nicolasa said...

Those are so pretty! I need spring here, badly! Soon enough! Until then I'll sniff the flowers through my computer screen!

Liz said...

So pure and white! A happy monday indeed!

faye said...

A first for me.. I've never seen
Almond trees.. pecan trees are the
norm here. Now I have to add almonds
to my shopping list.!!

Pat said...

I, too, have never seen an almond tree. Looks an awful lot like other fruit trees.

Leanne said...

For Christmas, I would like a book of your photos, dear betty. Perhaps if you start working on it now, you will have plenty of time to complete it by December. what do you think? ;)

Lovely, lovely, lovely.

You warm my days.

A Tale of Two Cities said...

I saw almond trees flowering in Spain in January, and now the very early buds here on the trees in London teasing us into hoping for spring soon.

KleinsteMotte said...

How truly beautiful. We are still stuck with snow and very cold. Indoor plants is all for now.

The Adorkable Ditz said...

Pretty pictures!

Looks like we both did a road trip, yours was obviously more beautiful.

The Adorkable Ditz' Missteps

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

And happy almost Wednesday to you, my Bossy Betty. I've never seen an almond tree. And I like what that fellow Kent has to say. Good words to live by.

Sara said...

Those are almond blossoms? I would've guessed cherry, wow!

CherylK said...

Those photos are so welcome...we're still buried under tons of snow and I'm missing my winters on the West coast!!

That quote is just lovely, too, Betty.