Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Popcorn Popping On Our Apricot Trees...Oh Yes They Are!

Oh, today I saw how beautiful everything was at home and couldn't resist a chance to learn more about taking some macro shots that I love. Flowers framed with a slight blur and focused tightly to see wonderful detail must make me want to study each one and separate the colors. All of our sweet little buds are truly announcing spring.

My Children's favorite song from church is "Popcorn Popping On the Apricot Tree"
and my favorite song to teach while I was Primary Chorister for over 25 years.

I looked out the window, and what did I see?
Popcorn popping on the apricot tree!
Spring had brought me such a nice surprise,
Blossoms popping right before my eyes.
I could take an armful and make a treat,
A popcorn ball that would smell so sweet.
It wasn’t really so, but it seemed to be
Popcorn popping on the apricot tree.
Improvise actions as suggested by the words.
Words: Georgia W. Bello, b. 1924. © 1957 IRI
Music: Georgia W. Bello, b. 1924; arr. by Betty Lou Cooney, b. 1924. © 1957, 1989 IRI

Do you see a Dove in this picture?
I am so happy to be able to have captured these photos. I had some time and they aren't perfect. I'm still learning, but I am so glad I did take the pictures to remind us all of our beautiful springs that we have here in Santa Paula. We have some mighty brown and gray summers and with the extra rain and snow this year it's going to be, okay...I'm going to say it, "Epic" That word is becoming somewhat similar to "awesome" too bad, because both have lost a lot by the overuse.

Our lemon tree are packed with blossoms and they smell wonderful and really look like we have decorated them, it is nature and so incredible.

Our Salt Pines are blossoming with a lavender flower that's lacy and delicate.

 This makes our old bunk house (aka tack room) look like a beautiful garden ornament.


Our pink peach tree blossoms and our lovely Satsuma Plum, white and fragrant.

I just took more pictures and then Steve also found and took photographs of our flowers blooming everywhere. My family, "Guess where each of these blossoms are making our ranch a lovely garden without any of our help this year?"

Our first rose of spring, Iceberg

There is a kitty in this picture working "lawn duty" for gophers.
Steve was so happy to be outside in the yard that he has begun to experiment with his hydroponic designs that he has been thinking about for years. Our problems with bunnies and squirrels have always been hard to overcome with our garden efforts and of course even the goats and sheep. Where do loose animals run? Yes, our most tender and tasty garden plants. Roses call to my goats and the strawberries are even more tempting, even to the horses. I think he had fun and genuinely had the satisfaction of a great job done. That's just how I feel looking at a dozen sparkling, tall, canning jars of "Christmas red" tomatoes.

1 comment:

Our Aitken Love said...

You took some amazing pictures in this post! It was great to see that it is Spring somewhere!