Fresno County Blossom Trail

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Peach blossoms.
I recently bought a new digital point and shoot camera in preparation for my first solo travel to Japan in May.  I've been reading books on how to take better pictures, and trying my best to familiarize myself so I can take really good pictures in Japan without using auto settings.  Furthermore I've been itching to go somewhere, anywhere, I didn't get that far, instead I asked if my friends wanted to go visit the local blossom trail in Fresno county in California.  They agreed to it, so it was set.  A driving daytrip around the various peach, almond, plum, apple, nectarine, and apricot orchards surrounding the agriculture area which we live in. 

Fresno is a county and city in central California, 2 hours east of Monterey, 3 hours south of San Francisco, and 3.
Peach blossoms.
5 hours north of Los Angeles, surrounded by the Sierra Nevada to the east, and another set of mountain range to the west.  People call the surrounding area the central valley, and is one of the leading agricultural areas in the nation.  The world famous Sun-Maid raisins are made in the central valley.

The blossoms begins in February and ends in March.  But the rain and warm weather has shortened the bloom cycle and some of the trees were already turning green.  Luckily me and my friends got there in time and had the chance to see the blossoms.  We decided to take 1 car, and drove south towards Reedley and Sanger, cities south of Fresno, and is part of the Fresno county, before finally going back north to Fresno.
  The drive is nothing special, we passed by many small houses with expansive farming orchards as well as open fields;  this is what the Fresno area is known for.  After driving down the Freeway for 15 minutes, we made an exit towards Reedley, passed by Kings River which looked completely dried up before parking the car to look at the pink blossoms.

Blossoms can easily be classified, but it's often difficult to identify at this stage what kind fruit they will produce.  They are either pink or white blossoms.  Plum, apple, and citrus blossoms are white.  While apricot peach, and nectarine trees will produce pink blossoms.  We spent more than 30 minutes walking down the orchards and taking pictures.  It was a nice cool perfect day.  The ground was still slightly soggy from the rain a few days ago, but it wasn't that bad at all.
  We left this area and drove eastward, and stopped by some baby trees with white blossoms, then further down the road were bigger trees with white blossoms.  One of my friends mounted his camera to a tripod, and lifted the whole thing to take pictures of the blossoms higher up in the trees.  I said to him, "Dude that practically defeats the purpose of using a tripod." And he said "Yeah so."  We were cracking up, I've never thought of using a tripod that way before. 

We left the white blossoms, and came upon a citrus orchard, but there weren't any blossoms coming from those trees.  Across the street was a hill with a huge letter R painted in white.  The "R" probably meant that area it was facing is Reedley.  And on the other side was the letter "S" for Sanger.  We saw a farmhouse and a nice looking house at the foot of that hill, and the whole area was surrounded by yellow dandelion-like flowers.
Me.
  We took a bunch of macro pictures of 2 ladybugs making love, and a bee pollinating the yellow flower.  Man those  were some hardcore x-rated action going on there.

Our trip ended on our last pink blossom orchards, it was almost getting dark, and we left to my friend's house to view the amateur pictures we took of those insects doing it, no not really, we viewed the whole pictures we took on my friend's LCD HDTV using his PS3.  We were surprise how well the pictures came out.

Most people will pass by Fresno on their way to visit Yosemite or Sequoia National Park, some may just completely avoid it by taking the scenic coastal freeway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.  But if you happen to pass by Fresno County around late February and early March, the Fresno blossom trail is  a nice 1 hour scenic drive and visit.
saltycoco says:
yeah definitely. we gotta represent the central valley of california lol :)
Posted on: Aug 04, 2011
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baby trees or maybe just malnouri…
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R for Reedley.
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