Thursday, April 10, 2008

For The Birds ...

More Cherry Blossoms, © Joan Z. Rough, 2008

I'm heading out early tomorrow to see my grandkids. Zoe will be playing a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz, at her school this weekend ... two big performances. I'm looking forward to that and to seeing what spring has sprung in North Carolina. Getting away for a few days will be a treat as well.

It's been a dark week here, continuously cloudy but thankfully some rain, though we're still not out of the drought yet. My spirits need a bit of lifting and I'm sure two little shining faces will do the trick. Hopefully I'll bring back some fun photos to share and inspiration to chase away any dark clouds that may still be hanging around.

The photo above is of a cherry tree in our tiny orchard. The pear that was in bloom a few weeks ago is in leaf now and this beauty is taking over the spot light. I've never seen it so full of blossoms. Maybe there will be a few cherries for us if we can get to them before the birds, but it's very unlikely. These trees and their fruit are really for the creatures that we share these few acres with. The trees are old for the most part and diseased. When we moved here I was told that if I wanted to keep the orchard I should cut the trees down and start over. Having more than enough to do and wanting to provide the local wildlife with some good habitat, we opted to leave the trees as they were and plant new ones as the old ones died. We have lost several apple trees and have planted two Asian persimmons in their places. But for the most part, all the trees like this cherry, are doing just fine!


Becca said...

So beautiful! Ours have yet to blossom, but we're getting rain today, so they should be appearing soon. We have so many old trees that are home to the birds too.

Have fun at the play!

Lucy said...

Tee-hee, a munchkin! I was chief Flopsy-Bunny once, which was about the height of my dramatic career.

Have a lovely time.