One day too early for the walnut harvest party
The clouds are back. I say that every year, don't I? After the summer dry season, the tinted, shape-shifting clouds highlight the huge space looming above us, and then by association, the curved earth we scratch upon.
Pretty sunrises start the day and spectacular sunsets inspire evening thoughts.
|10-16-10 sunrise over G's ridge|
|10-02-10 another glowing evening|
|Stars from the kitchen window.|
|11-05-10 late, late sunset|
|11-05-10 maple and oak at dusk|
|Bruce taps down additional walnuts,|
and Duncan bows down to the inevitable.
|Friends and neighbors collected walnuts like happy squirrels.|
|Sunset for the walnut harvest|
My method for cracking walnuts is here. Another tip I've picked up from my Central Valley friend is to microwave a small handful of walnuts for 20 seconds before eating or adding to your cereal or salad. This warms up the walnut oil and enhances the taste. The California Walnut website has a video on storing walnuts, recipes and nutritional info.
|Lori's beautiful pie at the potluck.|
Hey, I didn't get any! Was it good?
|Happy Snake Ranch|
Estate Walnuts 2010
Enjoy your walnuts and enjoy this beautiful distracting weather. When it is cold and dark this winter, the orchard sprite has saved bits of bright clouds and sunset in those walnuts for you.
Nate Donovan, my photography mentor, captured the heart of the sunset hikers.