Saturday, 26 March 2011

Spring is sprung - #1289

Not everywhere, mind you.

There's a micro-climatic zone just south of Mainz that's invariably a week or so ahead in the Vegetation Stakes and the locals milk it for all it's worth.

They start bombarding you with emails in February with a bracket of dates when they THINK the blossom might be full on, narrowing it down or extending it as the weather changes and then commit themselves to a date.

Which draws huge crowds who drift around "Oooohing" and "Aaaaahing" and consuming local wine and whatever the locals have set up on trestle tables in the vineyards and courtyards.

Last Saturday was THE DAY and I SWEAR I detected a smudge of pink almond blossom as we overflew the region on approach to Frankfurt, so we headed on down yesterday.

Quite a treat.

(If this was Minnesota, they'd probably have it sometime in August....)


Lúcia said...

Very delicate and beautiful shot!
Have a good weekend. :)

Rambling Round said...

Spring has definitely sprung!

Kate said...

Ah, I'd be willint to make a trip to Germany just to see that!!

paul said...

Fantastic colours, and great composition. Love the sharp detail and the hint of branches in the background.

Virginia said...

Lovely photograph JB. You must have taken it before you tucked into the wine! :)

Nathalie said...

Well, your almond trees are different. Ours here don't have much of a pink tinge. Gosh that's beautiful!

(welcome home BTW)

Helen said...

You inspired me to go and check it out for myself. The place was heaving with people last Sunday. It was a lovely trip.


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