A scorpion is walking along and comes to a river. He cannot find a way to cross the water when he spies a turtle. He asks the turtle if he would be so kind as to ferry him across. The turtle agrees but on one condition - the scorpion must not sting him! So the scorpion climbs on the turtles back and they begin to make their way across the river. Half way across the river the scorpion stings the turtle. The turtle, startled and in pain, yells "you said you wouldn't sting me! why did you do that?" The scorpion replies "I can't help it, it's in my nature".The apple trees began blooming this week. Different trees than last year. Whoever planted this orchard knew what they were doing. In order to have apples each year, when you are planting biennial trees, you must have a mix. Some trees will bloom on odd years, some on even. This year there will be new and different apples than last. There are three trees behind the house, away from the main orchard. They did not bear a single apple last year. All of these trees are now blooming profusely.
In the entrance bed there is a small apple tree sprouting from an old stump. Last year it produced approximately a dozen apples. This year I'm guessing there'll be a few more than that.
|Close up of the branches, covered in blossoms|
I have taken the fancy camera out several times this week to capture the many stages of these blooms. I don't think I could ever tire of them. Hopefully you feel the same, as there were so many photos I had a hard time limiting myself.
|The pink buds starting to unfurl|
|This tree is new to us this year. The buds are almost entirely white.|
|starting to open...|
|the blooms appear...|
|Until the branches become a waterfall of blossoms|