Orchards in Bloom

A friend mentioned that the orchards near his workplace were in full bloom, so we went out to see if the assessment was accurate. Yes and no. We saw some fully-blossoming orchards, and others that were a week or two away from blossoming. Still saw some lovely scenery, and it’s nice to see that grapes and wineries haven’t completely taken over the area that used to be completely covered in fruit orchards.

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Pretty sure this was a cherry tree.

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Cherries, or possibly plums.

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I don’t know – you tell me. Cherries?

Greenhouse at Mt. Holyoke College, Mass.

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Enjoyed an afternoon walk around a lake at Mt. Holyoke College in (I assume) Holyoke, Mass., yesterday, followed by a visit to the Mt. Holyoke College greenhouse. They obviously take great pride in their greenhouse. So many different varieties of plants! Each “family,” or type, in the same room, followed by another room filled with a different type of plant. Many of the plants in what I deemed the “tropical” room were similar to what I saw in Colombia in May of 2014. These are some of my favorite images.

Tiniest squirrel ever. We weren't sure whether it was a squirrel or a chipmunk, until I got close enough to determine it had no stripes. Acted a lot like a chipmunk, and was the same size.

Tiniest squirrel ever. We weren’t sure whether it was a squirrel or a chipmunk, until I got close enough to determine it had no stripes. Acted a lot like a chipmunk, and was the same size.

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