Often a cold spell, even with snow like we just had, belies the natural beauty which the island presents in February with the flowering of the almond trees under a blue sky, suggesting more of a Springtime.
Now, there are almond trees in full bloom all over the island. The Mediterranean climate aids the Almond tree (Prunus dulcis) even though it is not an indigenous plant like the Olive tree, the Holm oak (Quercus ilex) or the Carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua). The almond was rather planted here in the aftermath of the Philoxera disaster pretty much a hundred and twenty years ago which wiped out most of the Mallorcan grape plantation, to supply the affected farmers a new life-line.
The weather forecast for this weekend is good, dry and mild with temperatures around 15° C. You could venture out into the countryside and enjoy the almond blossoms whilst the bloom is still out. It won’t last long now before it’s all done and gone.
The photo was taken near Artà, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: February 22nd, 2012. The time was 13:31:17.