almond tree blossom competition
23 January 2011
Sights and Sounds
January 23, 2011
You could image just how thrilled one could feel to be able to read in their email link " the winner is..." Yours truly was not only delighted that a tourism organisation had wanted to print her winning landscape picture on their postcards, but this particular announcement had just happened to come into her inbox on the day of her... birthday!
The photo competition was based on the theme "the almond tree blossom," that ran in conjunction with the tourism of the Deutsche Weinstrasse and the Südliche Weinstrasse (wine street) of the Pfalz region here in Germany. My part was to capture the prettiness of the trees pastel bloom on this clear day of April 2. Why the precise date you may be thinking? In the view of early spring's unpredictable weather, it is actually the question of how long these delicate petals would remain on their stems. Only one week prior to taking this winning shot, we had visited the region when the trees were at their semi blossom stage. I was eager to go back the following week.
The winning prize had also included: a gastronomy weekend for my hubby and myself, and my very own 2-year-old almond tree (more on the planting later). I have named the tree "Mandy" as she is a Suß Mandelbaum (sweet almond tree) and she was planted on October 30, with a terrific view over the most hospitable wine-producing town of Birkweiler.
The tourism organisers are offering some great packages to their visitors that run from late March to mid April 2011. The packages include: guided walks around the almond trees paths; 2-5 overnight stays in charming hotels in the region; spring menus and everything educational regarding the almond tree and its produce. The getaways and prices can be found here.
You may like to take a look at the almond biscuit recipe. Above is the winning postcard.
...for more pink almond trees