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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cherry Blossom Time

 

                     

Since the beginning of April I have been closely watching the cycle of nature working on our big old cherry tree. Last year it produced so many cherries that we have been able to enjoy them right through the winter. I like to have fruit and yogurt for breakfast and our own cherries are often on the menu.

Every year I have been amazed at how quickly the process from the blossom first appearing to cherry picking happens. Cherries are tiny fruit but blossom which appears in April which in turn produces luscious cherries ripe for picking around June 1st, is another amazing feat of Mother Nature.

I have taken a series of photos over the last two weeks to try and show this process.

This first collage is of photos taken on April 1st 2011.

Our Old Cherry Tree – April 1st 2011

Collage of photos taken April 3rd 2011.

Bees at work!

Blossom in close up.

So beautiful.

A cherry – April 10th 2011

Cherries blowing in the wind earlier this afternoon 13th April 2011.

 

If you would like to see any of these photos enlarged or view the rest of the album you may do so by visiting

My Flickr Album Cherry Blossom Time - April 2011

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45 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos, Linda. I want to clap when I see the bees! You are fortunate to be so surrounded by such nature "in process!"

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  2. You were right this was perfect for Outdoor Wednesday. Wish I had some fruit trees in my yard.

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  3. Cherry blossoms are my favorite! I wish they could bloom all year round!

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  4. Evening Linda what beautiful photographs and collages, I never realised cherries formed so quickly but then I suppose you have the better weather, lucky devil!! Send some over to us it is quite cold here this evening we have put the heating on for a while.

    Have a good evening, Jackie in Surrey.

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  5. Wow that sounds like something to look forward to - fresh cherries and yogurt. Or a cherry pie. The trees are beautiful. Fruit appears pretty quick. Hope you are having a great day.

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  6. Thank you for a breath of spring delivered by your beautiful photos Lindy! I need it deadly in Moscow where it's still snowing...

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  7. What beautiful pictures..Soon our apple tree will bloom..They are not the apples you eat though, but I enjoy the flowers and they smell wonderful.
    Happy to visit..Son-in-law fixed both computers..I tell you, I couldn't even get the sound to work..but I am good to go..Hope to get things back and visit everyone..
    Have a happy week..xoxoRosebud/Carolyn

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  8. The blossoms sure are beautiful! You really have cherries by June 1st? Wow!

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  9. That really is fascinating and quick. Do you freeze the cherries to enjoy them all year long as you do?

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  10. It's great you get cherries. Here our trees are ornamental. Macon, Georgia has 300,000 cherry trees and is one hour from our old house. It is a sight to see them blooming. Your images are stunning. ♥O

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  11. love this series of photos. Great way to tell a story. I am always happy when I catch the bee at work. Charmaine

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  12. I see you have your own "Sakura", dear Linda. It's wonderful!

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  13. Oh, beautiful! I love the cherry blossom. We used to have a tree outside our kitchen window in the house where I grew up and it was wonderful watching it come into bud and then flower. Cherry blossom and magnolia are the two that really make me feel that winter is finally being chased away.

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  14. I love cherry blossoms so much and magnolias have always been a favorite.
    So so pretty.

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  15. Nature truly is a miracle isn't it? We literally watched our Bradford Pear tree bloom in a single day. In the morning it was covered with buds...after a day in warm sun, it was covered with blossoms. Your photos are gorgeous.

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  16. Gorgeous! What a glorious time to be where you are! I hope you were zoomed in on those bees...and not up close! ♥

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  17. So beautiful!! Wish I had one!

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  18. Those are beautiful.

    I have 2 flowering Bradford Pears, and one Flowering Mock Peach. (The darned peach has beautiful flowers for about a week and then turns into a skinny, sparse leafed tree that attracts every bug in the northern hemisphere)........kt

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  19. I really loved looking at these photos.
    Thank you.

    Whenever someone says "first sign of spring", I immediately think of daffs or crocus, but driving to school the other morning, I realised the most beautiful sign of spring is the blossom trees, and the confetti they sprinkle.

    carol

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  20. Wow, Italy is really pretty this time of year. I miss pretty spring flowers where I currently live.

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  21. wow, love the process...nature is SO beautiful. Thank you for sharing and I wish some of those cherries could be sent our way :)

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  22. What lovely images - it's so nice to see these signs of spring! :)

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  23. So good to see spring in full bloom. Come June, those cherries will be appreciated too.

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  24. Your photos are gorgeous! I love the macros...Christine

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  25. Absolutely stunning pictures!! The mosaic with the bee is amazing.

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  26. Wonderful to walk out your door and pick something to eat. As a kid in Florida we could pick different kinds of citrus fruits - miss that. Where we live live now we can pick weeds.
    The pictures are beautiful and I do hope you were using a closeup lens to photograph the bees.

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  27. WOW, it is interesting the speed with which these little bites of heaven begin to mature. I love cherries but they are pricy in the markets here. Bought some from a roadside vendor in Washington state once and they were OH! so delish.
    I love Italy. It looks like you live near the coast. Tomorrow, as I am taking my walk, I will wave to you from our shore.
    I am following, want to know what is going on over there. Ginger :)

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  28. Love the way you arranged these pictures. Beautiful!
    Have a fabulous Friday!
    Debbie's Travels

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  29. A wonderful time of the year! Happy weekend ahead :)

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  30. How beautiful! You're already enjoying your spring days, and we're still cold, would you believe! I also really enjoyed your previous posts with the beautiful landscape photography.

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  31. Hi Linda .. Absolutely stunning photos ... the blossom is fantastic ..and I love the collages .. Love the ones with the BEES!!

    I wish I could get my collage programme to work too, Will keep trying.

    Oh yes I hope to return to Italy soon , I love it there .. ♥

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  32. Oh LINDA!!! How gloriously breathtakingly beautiful! I am in awe, my friend. :-) Such wondrous beauty absolutely delights me. :-)

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  33. Your photos are stunning! I especially like the collage with the honeybee. I plan to make a cherry pie from my tree this Sunday. Of course, the cherries are frozen! We're not as far along as you are. It's unusual weather time in that we recently had a 90 degree day and today it was as low as 34! Crazy!
    Blessings to you, Beth

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  34. These photos just leave me breathless... those cherry blossoms are the sweetest ever! Your collages are so lovely too, Linda!
    I can remember, as a little girl, picking cherries at my mother's cousin's house in Auburn, NY. We ate cherries until we would burst... then bring home bags and bags! My mother would make the most delicious pies! Enjoy the fruit of your trees, Linda!
    *Have a happy weekend*
    ~Maria

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  35. So beautiful, great pics and a lovely blog!

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  36. Salut Linda, those photos and collages are stunning. I've been looking at the cherry tree in our garden every day hoping the blossoms would stay for ever...no use, they're now falling off. Hope you're having a good weekend. Love from (sunny) London xo

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  37. The blossom is one thing we don't get down here in Florida. When we took the teen to England, it was the first time that she'd seen it!

    Paul
    http://fromsheeptoalligators.blogspot.com/

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  38. Fantastic capture. How cool is that!!

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  39. These are some of the most beautiful pictures of cherry blossoms that I've EVER seen. Cherry trees are at the top of my all time favorites list! Thanks for making me smile while looking at your photos!!!!

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  40. Absolutely gorgeous, I love blossom of all kinds and cherries....mmmmm! Thankyou for your comments Linda, sorry it has taken me so long to reply, I have been ill.Have a lovely week, love Linda x

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  41. I've been checking out the cherry sagre and notice that a lot of them are in central Italy. My gosh what a BOUNTY you'll be harvesting.

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  42. My goodness, these cherry blossoms are just so breath-taking. Gorgeous to see and admire!

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  43. oh my! so gorgeous...I always love spring...sorry for the late visit...great to be here...thanks for dropping by!

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  44. Aren't blossoms completely beautiful. We have lots of fruit trees in our garden and they're nearly all blossoming now. I'd love to have a cherry tree....but I'd heard that birds get the cherries unless you net them. Have you found that to be true?

    Sarahx

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