Apple Blossom Time Along the Blue Ridge
In the valley east of Hendersonville, a spectacle takes place every April, when millions of apple trees of every variety burst forth with displays of flowers a hundred times more sprawling than Washington’s iconic cherry tree festival. Little known is the fact that North Carolina is fourth in apple production, and that includes Washington state, and New York. (Take THAT Johnny Appleseed!). For miles and miles, orchard after orchard unfolds as you move through the valley.
Each variety has a distinctive flower, and the detail of the blooms deserves a close-up look!
Each of the photos below must be seen individually. Just click on the first one, and move through the album.
Driving home toward Lake Lure I had to stop when I saw these vibrant Cherry Trees. With the mountainside of light green as the background, the red blossoms made the perfect frame.