This evening we took a walk along Scenic, the road we live on, which overlooks the Selah valley below on north side, and the Yakima Valley on the south. You’ll see some lovely clouds today. Yesterday was 104 degrees. Today it dropped to 85, cooling quite a bit. It’s welcome relief for our missionaries who are out and about.
Here’s how things in our neighborhood are looking today:Pears will be harvested soon. The bins are ready and waiting in the orchards. Within a 10 minute walk of our mission home, we can be in pear, apple, or peach orchards.
In newer orchards, apples trees are planted in tight rows so that guide wires and some nice pruning turns them into a thin wall of growth, easy to harvest. No need for maneuvering ladders around the branches of the tree. Picking from a wall of fruit is fast and efficient.Here’s another orchard where the trees are trained to grow in a V shape, with two lead branches, or with two trees planted close together and one trained to grow to the left and the other trained to grow to the right. Again, it simplifies the picking.Apples and roses–a nice combination of beauty along our path.
This is a real hedge-trimming neighborhood!