35 miles of Pear Blossoms.

rows. the thick of it. orchard covered hills. dressed for the occasion.
I left work at noon last Friday to see the pear blossoms in Hood River with Tessa. The valley accounts for 50% of the nation's Bosc pears and 11% of the Bartlett pears. Almost every hill in the whole town is covered with the black-barked trees and white flowers. 

Living in Portland, I've fallen in love with urban-dwelling. But, seeing the orchards made me consider - just for a moment - what it would be like to live and work on a farm. Each day tending to the trees, a yearly project from start to finish. It would be so different than the daily deadlines for things that are forgotten as soon as they leave my desk.

as the Fleet Foxes song goes :  if I had an orchard, I'd work till I'm sore.
I want to wake up and know my purpose. 

(photos) on film with Minolta SRT-201. more on Flickr  (song) Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues 

13 comments:

  1. incredibly beautiful. so many hardworking trees in just one valley.

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  2. These photos are stunning! Also, I've been asking everyone I know what they associate as the sound of summer and I've received some interesting answers. :)

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    1. Allie, I should start asking it too (outside blog-land)! the answers are probably more thoughtful than "how's it going?"

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  3. Gorgeous!!

    And dude, talk about a great hair day... :)

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  4. gaaaahhhh I love this so much. I think pear blossoms are the absolute best.

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  5. your pictures are BEAUTIFUL and your hair is so thick and long and luscious!

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  6. Pear blossoms are SO beautiful. I would love to see miles and miles of them! Wow. So lovely.

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  7. So lovely. And that song always brings tears to my eyes, for reasons I can't quite put my finger on.

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    1. me too, Bethany. I think it's the longing to be fulfilled, not with more but simplicity.

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  8. I am SO goo-goo-ga-ga for your photos. Beautiful!

    And I feel you on the city vs country debate. Although I doubt I'm tough enough to be country for more than just a day, there are times I drive into rural Wisconsin and I wonder what it would be like to wander away from computers, desks and deadlines on a regular basis and just lose myself in all the natural gorgeousness.

    And then I suddenly realize I'm checking my Twitter for the sixth time that day, and it dawns on me that I'll never be THAT country. ;)

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    1. ha! I think I started banging my iPhone on the dashboard about 20 minutes after this picture was taken because 4g was being so slow. It's hard to unplug ... but once I get there, it feels so good. I end up being inspired and finding clarity when I don't have an avenue for endless comparisons.

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  9. You now who you look like? Her. Evangeline Lilly. I don't know if you've been told this before. The blossoms are gorgeous!

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