Photographer's Note

And every spring, again, the spectacle ... the cherry trees in flower.

Every year, in this epoch, the vallenses celebrate the appearance of the flower organizing activities in the different peoples of the region. It is probably the only occasion in which the entire Vale is of holiday. There is organized multitude of exhibitions, tastings, verbenas, regional dances, routes, careers and other many performances. The different date every year, although it usually coincides with some days of the second fortnight of March.

But the nature does not attend to the caprices of the human beings and not always the full flowering coincides with the holiday of the cherry tree with flower. The climate influences notably and the delay or advance they can be significant. If the temperatures are high the flower soon is discovered. If, on the contrary, the time cold stays, it is possible to produce an important delay. It is convenient, since, to be attentive, since the full flowering usually lasts a few days, and is in this precise moment when it is necessary to throw oneself to the adventure, be a weekend or day of newspaper.

The cherry tree in flower in the Vale of the Jerte is something more than an event, a temporary period or a tradition, it is a vital experience. The cherry tree in flower recalls the ancestral rite in which the humble man, the farmer, expresses his happiness and gives thanks to the mother ground for the imminent arrival of the next crop. Every spring, this expression of exhilaration accompanies itself of an authentic explosion of beauty. The happiness is felt in the people, is felt in the ground.

The flowering of more than one million cherry trees, it turns this space into a dyed paradise of target.

Once a year and for only a few days the Vale of the Jerte sees like his hills turn out to be covered with snow of white flowers. When they start eliminating the snow of the summits, another target spreads over his hillsides, the pure and aromatic target of the flower of the cherry tree. This miracle is one of the best gifts that the nature can offer us every year.

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Additional Photos by Charo Parras (Charo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5063 W: 58 N: 12115] (51290)
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