Apple Blossom Therapy

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Spring blooms often feel so much more fleeting than those that emerge in the summer. I suspect I’m more aware of that this year since I’ve had much less chance to get out on regular walks and take in each new development. How did it get to be mid-May already? When I came upon this apple tree in full bloom yesterday, I thought to myself that I had better stop for a few minutes and memorize the smell now, because the next time I walk past the blooms will be gone. It only happens once a year.

Standing underneath the fragrant canopy and breathing deeply for five minutes turned out to be pretty good stress relief, too.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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3 thoughts on “Apple Blossom Therapy

  1. Stress relief, indeed. A beautiful canopy, Gayla. This one I’m going to imprint in my visual eye. Lots of times during the day when I need “therapy.”

    On the way to work this morning, I photographed a lilac tree. For a couple of shots, the light seemed just right — will see when I download them later. But even if I didn’t capture exactly what I hoped for (that elusive perfect shot) it was lovely to stop, sniff & shoot.

  2. I have 3 very old very large apple trees in my pasture that are in full bloom now. Awesome! The apples are very woody and kind of sour that come from them; I also have some dwarf trees I’m planting as an orchard and they are in bloom too. We have a lot of douglas firs and other conifers surrounding our place, and the forest smell in spring is really strong. So the scent is just like heaven outside right now.

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