Sunday I asked my husband to take the scenic route to the Templeton house where we had to pick up some tax records. I wanted to take Kiler Canyon Road because in some places it is lined with almond orchards, and they are still in bloom. I like to photograph the blooming almond trees wherever I can find them. The photo at the right came from our own orchard, but our tree is small and not healthy enough anymore to produce actual nuts. I wanted to photograph trees with lots of blossoms. The plan was that Hubby would pull over to the shoulder of the two-lane road through this rural area and I would get out and take a few pictures. That part of the plan worked as intended. I was pleased to capture the photo below. But photographing blooming almond trees can be risky, as you will see.
Some of the trees in this old orchard have already lost some of their blossoms. I’m not sure anyone is still even harvesting the nuts, but people leave the trees until they decide to do something else with the land. They do add beauty to the late winter and are the first trees to bloom here. They also remind newer residents that Paso Robles was almond country before it became wine country.
Since we were in a hurry, I only took a couple of photos. When I started to get back into the car, I realized that it would be difficult to get in because we were parked on a slope. The plan was for my husband to move the car ahead about two yards to a more level place to make it easier for me to get in.
He didn’t understand the plan. Instead of stopping a few feet ahead, he just kept going, with me chasing along at a brisk walking pace behind him, yelling at him to stop. The windows were shut and he couldn’t hear me. He said later he had planned to go about forty feet. But while I was attempting to follow him I stepped on some loose gravel and lost my footing. I blocked my fall with my hand before getting too badly hurt. My knee, elbow and hand were scraped pretty badly. Here’s my souvenir of that.
Keep in mind, the photo was taken on the third day after this had happened and some healing has taken place. I think from now on, when I want to take pictures I won’t ride with Hubby, but take my own car so I can choose where I want to stop instead of having to somehow communicate it to him. He never seems to understand my intention no matter how well I think I have communicated it. I find it’s much safer to take pictures when I’m alone if it involves stopping by the side of the road. Or, maybe, I should do the driving myself. At least I got my photos, and the camera didn’t fall and break. And although I’m limping a bit, at least I didn’t break anything. It could have been much worse.
I love taking pictures of almond trees in bloom. Van Gogh liked to paint them. His paintings of almond blossoms have been made into beautiful products on Zazzle— everything from postcards to electronic cases, shoes, mouse pads, throw pillows, bath mats, and more. See the Van Gogh Blossoming Almond Tree products here. Here’s a sample of the design on a placemat. Why not add some almond blossoms to your winter decor?