Fruit trees in bloom

California. I passed mile upon mile upon mile of fruit trees in bloom driving back to Santa Cruz from Los Angeles. I had gone to LA to be part of a TV program. This is the first time I have seen the orchards in bloom. This is orchards on a vast scale. This bloom is so massive that it, along with the almond blossoms, creates the largest bee pollination event in the world. In many orchards, grouped boxes of bees are placed every so many rows of trees. The ground is weed-free. Like so much modern agriculture, the land is a virtual desert to insects. There are no weeds between the trees. They are literally growing out of a desert. The ground is sandy, not loamy. The California aqueduct bringing water from the Sierra snow melt to Los Angeles and the farmland in between is what makes this desert bloom.

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