I should have posted 'A' yesterday, but I had to work double shifts and then fell asleep as soon as I got home, so I'm already behind - this does not bode well for my efforts in this, haha!
Anyway - A! Apple Orchard!
This is the only orchard within a four hour drive of where I live; unlike most destinations, this is luckily very close to home. It's almost all apples - there are a few cherry trees but they are not visible from the road. They're all in pre-spring dried out state right now, of course, but what I want to show you guys - what is different about this orchard is - on mountainsides, you have to terrace.
Neat little layers of trees!
That's an old gas well, capped off, in the foreground. I hate those things. Might talk about them for 'G', though.
I tried a panoramic shot even though I didn't have my tripod - didn't come out too badly, though! See how sharply the road curves? Most mountain roads around here follow the old wagon tracks - they curve along the easiest path. It's no problem for cars to go down a steep hill and then back up, but it was a different story for your horse! Sometimes, you have to drive miles to get to a place, when 'as the crow flies', it is much, much shorter. For example - if you follow this road, about a mile further on you will suddenly be beside the apple orchard again - and can look right back across to this spot when you would think you had left it way behind. The orchard isn't a mile long! The road just bends and curves around the hillside.
It's pretty obvious, but just in case - the terracing is necessary, simply to keep the fallen fruit from rolling down to the bottom of the orchard and rotting in a big, stinky mess. Trees will grow on hillsides, of course, but their trunks look really odd sometimes, and I'll have to get a picture of that sometime. They grow out, and then up. These trees are actually growing on the sides between the terracing if you look close - the fruit lands on the flat part. This terracing was done over fifty years ago - maybe longer. I'll have to find someone who knows for sure; I don't know the owners personally.
You can pick your own apples in this orchard, by the way - different prices for picking off the trees or picking up off the ground. Gorgeous fat red, yellow or green apples! Yum!