I don´t have pictures with snow but I have this almond blossom hope you like :)
The almond (Prunus dulcis, syn. Prunus amygdalus Batsch., Amygdalus communis L., Amygdalus dulcis Mill.), is a species of tree native to the Middle East and South Asia. Almond is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree. Within the genus Prunus, it is classified with the peach in the subgenus Amygdalus, distinguished from the other subgenera by the corrugated shell (endocarp) surrounding the seed.
The fruit of the almond is not a true nut, but a drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed ("nut") inside. Shelling almonds refers to removing the shell to reveal the seed. Almonds are commonly sold shelled , after the shells are removed), or unshelled , with the shells still attached). Blanched almonds are shelled almonds that have been treated with hot water to soften the seedcoat, which is then removed to reveal the white embryo.
Legend of almond blossom
Many, many centuries before Portugal exist and when the Al-Gharb (Algarve) belonged to the Arabs, Chelb reigned in the future Silves, the famous young King Ibn-Almundim had never known defeat. One day, among the prisoners of a battle, he saw the beautiful Gilda, a princess blond with blue eyes and proud bearing. Impressed, the Moorish king gave him his freedom, gradually earned him the trust and one day he confessed his love to him and asked him to be his wife. They were happy for a while, but one day the young princess fell ill for no apparent reason. An old captivity of the Northern lands asked to be received by the desperate king and told him that the princess suffered from nostalgia for the distant snow in your country. The solution was within reach of the Moorish king, for ordering to plant enough for all his kingdom many almond trees flowered when its white flowers to the princess would give the illusion of snow and she would be cured of your longing. The following spring, the king took Gilda to the window from the terrace of the castle and the princess felt that its forces were returning to see that vision of indescribable white flowers that stretched before his eyes. The Moorish king and the princess lived long years of an intense love of anxious waiting, year after year, the spring that brought the wonderful spectacle of the almond blossom.
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Lens: 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 G
Focal Length: 10mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Spot
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Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: Custom
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batalay (33431) 2012-02-10 10:40
What a pleasure to have you as a neighbor today. I am surprised that the almond tree is already blooming in February, as seen in the beautiful photo — colorful, well composed, and complemented by an informative note.
siudzi (27769) 2012-02-10 10:45
What a charming view in the mid-Feb! Lovely nice picture captured with bright tones and with a great light. Like it very much.
JFS (32453) 2012-02-10 11:34
Qué bella foto de este almendro en flor y qué bello contraste de las flores blancas con ese cielo esplendido azul de fondo. Una delicia!
ourania (18672) 2012-02-10 11:42
I like very much this beautiful tree that's filling the cadre. Wonderful light and colours. A brilliant, heart-warming picture!
All the best,
m00n (2253) 2012-02-10 11:54
Spatially shown ... sits nicely in the frame and fantastic colors fit the theme. I feel so light, despite the relatively narrow frame.
dta (56710) 2012-02-10 12:01
Hello Goncalo ,
What a pleasure to see this almond tree in blosson with this perfect blue sky ! when it is so cold in more northern and eastern countries . On the other hand , may be a lack of rain in some parts of Portugal ?
siamesa (27461) 2012-02-10 12:54
Uma beleza de foto. A árvore vestindo branco é belíssima. Perfeita captura
ptibelo (3373) 2012-02-10 13:16
Étonnant cet arbre en fleur alors que l’Europe subit une vague de froid et de neige...la photo nous réchauffe ...
bukitgolfb301 (32658) 2012-02-10 13:20
Hi my dear Goncalo
Wao already flowers open. Sharpness and clearness are remarkable as usual. Comfortable color presentation to see in the saturday moroning. Perfect framework and well considered composition! Thanks for your sharinig with finest work and have a good Saturday!
Takero from still cold Tokyo
pajaran (41755) 2012-02-10 13:29
Dobar tekst o bademu ...
Lep pogled na badem u cvetanju, lepa fotografija.
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast i prikaz, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst sa datim podacima o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje za vikend, sa lepim vremenom.
Kod nas i dalje Sibirska zima, sada je -11. C stepeni.
Bom artigo sobre amêndoas ...
Bela vista da flor de amêndoa, belas imagens.
Nitidez da imagem, contraste e exibir belas cores.
Bom texto com os dados fornecidos para a técnica utilizada e os elementos da imagem.
Noite agradável e tudo de melhor para o fim de semana, com tempo bonito.
Com nós inverno siberiano ainda, agora é -11. Graus C.
Sonata11 (31245) 2012-02-10 13:44
Wonderful composition and framework of beautiful blossom tree. A very lovely with gorgeous flowers. This pic looks like in paradise. Fantastic photo. I love it.Awesome !!!!All the best and have a nice WE,
boa (4663) 2012-02-10 13:53
this shot makes me happy, Spring can not be faraway from Scandianavia:) I like the beautiful vivid blue color of the sky and the blooming almond tree,a perfect shoot for mid February. Tfs !
Have a nice weekend!
emka (64150) 2012-02-10 14:28
Hi Goncalo, there is no justice in this world. We in the northern countries suffer from frost and you are enjoying already trees in blossom. It looks like spring already!
adores (30831) 2012-02-10 16:45
Parece que as flores estão a aparecer cada vez mais cedo. Boa foto, com umas excelentes cores! Estas pedras brancas também ficaram bem.
prasun984 (5590) 2012-02-10 17:33
Very nice frame work by the Almond blossoms caring tree in the field...nice deep blue sky work as a BG here...
perfect perspective to get strong sense of depth,succesful light management to get sharpness and clarity.
very nice shot...
macjake (45588) 2012-02-10 18:25
as your usual, bright and powerful colors.
a vibrant eye catcher.
love the combination of the whites and blues.
wolf38 (29116) 2012-02-10 22:47
Hello Goncalo.Als I saw the photo, I first looked at the date. 02/08/2012 - I can only marvel. The flowering tree makes us hope for the early spring. The white of the blossoms unfolding in front of the blue sky perfectly. Overall a very nice one. Rgds wolfgang.
ikeharel (44057) 2012-02-11 1:21
On Feb.8th we celebrated in Israel a special non-religious but a traditional holyday/festival, about trees and their fruits, and the Almond tree is a major subject as it start (or should have) to bloom.
Lovely tree with white flowers in picture, good in contrast to blue sky.
Fine image, Bom fim de semana,
PaulVDV (17323) 2012-02-11 1:27
Being surprised about the early blossoms the picture makes me dream of the coming spring (while we're still having very cold weather here).
A pretty nature picture with all these white flowers on a background of a pure blue sky.
Best regards, Paul
danos (78124) 2012-02-11 2:56
an surprising Wintry shot with the blossom almond tree to outlined so beautiful against the blue of the sky.I like the brilliant light of the image, as the vivid colours of it.
A sight which we see it in a few weeks with the coming Spring.
Have a good weekend,Danos
jester5 (1785) 2012-02-11 3:31
What a lovely photograph.It really lifts the spirit as I sit here in the middle of a snow swept very cold England.Spring is on its way.Beautiful image Goncalo, Thank you.
timecapturer (37124) 2012-02-11 3:58
I think most of us in Northern Europe would settle for this view instead of snow. Below freezing as I type this and enjoying this wonderful image. Such vibrant colours and so attractive. Executed in your own superb style and a tantalising presentation. Love it!
Enjoy the weekend - Brian.
TopGeo (38080) 2012-02-11 4:42
Hello Goncalo Very beautiful place and photo, great POV, great framing and composition! , beautiful, intense flowers colours, wonderful, blue sky BG! Great composition and framing! Excellent light management, , impressive clarity!Best regards
jlbrthnn (79789) 2012-02-11 4:58
As amendoeiras já estão florescendo nos Açores, e em breve deverá ser também, no Sul da França, se o gel não foi muito difícil. Uma imagem bonita de sol e cores agradáveis. bravo.
jmdias (48359) 2012-02-11 5:20
linda vista da amendoeira em flor, gosto do contraste das flores contra o azul do céu. qualquer dia vou ver se fotografo as cerejeiras japonesas daqui da cidade.
bom trabalho, bela luz, cores e nitidez.
pierrefonds (51028) 2012-02-11 5:29
The subject is well framed. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the almond tree. The afternoon light is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.
ChrisJ (91290) 2012-02-11 5:36
Lovely contrast of the white blossums of almond tree against the blue sky, with good sharpness & punchy light contrasts. Smart choice of a vertical frame. Tfs!
Fis2 (77000) 2012-02-11 8:19
Piêkny wiosenny obraz.
Dobry kadr, kolory i ¶wiat³o.
dkmurphys (42527) 2012-02-11 9:40
We are doomed by the snow these days and a capture like yours is perfect, full of hope that the spring will come.
Enjoy a fine evening.
Cricri (92213) 2012-02-11 11:18
Tu viens chez moi tu auras de la neige et ...le froid, moi je descend j'ai toi voir le soleil :-)
Splendide beauté de la nature, j'aime cet arbre en fleurs, le contraste du vert et du bleu sous une belle lumière
wgreis (8267) 2012-02-11 11:22
Gonçalo, a foto está muito bonita.
Destaco a saturação e as flores que lembram flocos de algodão. O céu apresenta um tonalidade fantástica também.
Parabéns e grande abraço.
bema (26179) 2012-02-11 11:24
almond-blossom is also a favourite theme of mine.. but we have hee to wait here in our region about six or weeks more, till we can capture such pictures too..
so it´s a fine thing, to follow your famous pictures just now!
Um abraco, Bernd
Budapestman (82620) 2012-02-11 13:31
a beautiful atmosphere with attractive composition and picturesque details, the colours and lights are splendid, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
jimkil (1684) 2012-02-11 13:36
Nice bloom and fantastic colours Goncalo, the cropping is well done also.
vasilpro (40557) 2012-02-11 15:03
Wonderful composition, beautiful blossom tree, lovely light and vivid colors, very good contrast, clarity and sharpness, excellent POV, very nice framework, TfS!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
jurek1951 (37040) 2012-02-12 2:21
beautiful shot wonderful colours great lighting
sacimar (25969) 2012-02-12 3:34
esta es una buena foto de la primavera, llena de luz y de vida, me gusta el contraste con el cielo azul, muy bien visto,
delpeoples (48654) 2012-02-12 3:47
Ola dear Goncalo
What a beautiful almond blossom. The rich colours and textures are so pretty. A stunning photo, parabens.
jplebrun (21208) 2012-02-12 4:53
superbe photo pleine de lumière et de belles couleurs printanières.
tober (8795) 2012-02-12 10:04
This is why I like Portugal, this is why I miss this beautiful country. Best regards Gonçalo !
ruisc_pt (10133) 2012-02-12 10:08
Estas amendoeiras têm um detalhe que não é fácil captar.
Esta está 5*
Silvio1953 (105553) 2012-02-13 0:45
Ciao Goncalo, fascinating composition with lovely blossom tree, fantastic light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good week, ciao Silvio
cavli (1874) 2012-02-13 5:10
very good colors and sharpness. I like the blue sky background very much. it gives very good contrasting. very good spring composition and informative note.
kiks (11601) 2012-02-13 5:56
i sure like it. I once heard that there is a legend about this trees at Portugal. I beleive it was that queen from north-europe married a portugese King but mis the snow so the king give the orde to plant almondtrees because this blossom of it remenber snow!! Something like this! Do you know the legend?
Royaldevon (21485) 2012-02-13 11:45
I don't kmnow how I missed this!
What a lovely shot to remind us that spring cannot be too far away! This almond tree must be like the magnolia anf forsythia, which flower before opening their leaves.
Lovely composition, the almond tree spanning, and linking together, the ground and the sky. Excellent colour saturation.
My warm regards,
mesutilgim (73046) 2012-02-13 12:10
Amazing capture of this blossoming almond tree.
Very good chosen portrait format and perfect ligth management.
TFS and best regards
ricardomattos (3532) 2012-02-13 15:36
Linda foto desta árvore com as flores brancas.Uma composição muito bonita em contraste com este belo céu de anil e o verde com as pedras embaixo.Você pegou a àrvore na sua maior exuberância.
Angshu (52896) 2012-02-14 6:13
Ola amigo Goncalo
The light is beautiful & the blossoms against the blue sky just look beautiful. Good neat shot in a tight frame & well composed!
jaywalker (16091) 2012-02-14 15:22
Hi Goncalo, A beautiful simple photo of nature, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
kato (9542) 2012-02-14 16:56
This is so lovely photograph, so it's interesting and impressive to see the almond flower on the hill which is in bloom in winter. It seems to elegand and lovely flower, too. The whole is balanced well by a good color combination.
baddori (19133) 2012-02-14 23:10
Incredibile ...ma vero.
La primavera anticipata, colore in TE e segno di continuità nella vita quotidiana.
Un colpo di reni ai pessimisti.
danyy (0) 2012-02-15 3:16
la réussite totale dans le rendu des lumières et des couleurs, il semblerait que le printemps pointe déjà son nez chez toi, alors que chez moi, le neige commence à peine à disparaître.
100% nature, j'adore.
bona (11174) 2012-02-15 11:47
Que linda foto amigo.
As cores estão ótimas e esse céu deu um destaque as florescências!
josepmarin (56489) 2012-02-16 5:18
Olà, amigo Gonçalo,
una preciosa imagen, llena de vida y de esperanza gracias a este almendro en flor, como si ya fuese primavera en pleno invierno.
La belleza de sus flores, y su contraste con el azul del cielo y con el verde del campo, crean una composición muy limpia y francamente atractiva.
Has hecho un trabajo espléndido.
pedram_abazari (929) 2012-02-16 21:40
عکس زیبای است .
درخت زیبای است .
Ricx (13489) 2012-02-17 12:03
Hi Goncalo, great that theree is somewhere in Europe we have sunshine and warmth and the first signs of spring. a lovely POV with a good angle- have a great weekend Rich
Kielia (21533) 2012-02-18 9:02
really a lovely image with a great mood. It is very well composed and you have chosen an excellent POV. The colors are very beautiful, especially the blue of the sky that is so nicely contrasting with the white blossoms. My compliments!
mohammad_H (7488) 2012-02-20 23:31
Very beautiful image of a single tree branches that bloom blue background behind the tree and I was sitting in the snow on the branches all combinations of color and light with a patented
Waylim (23314) 2012-02-22 17:59
I didn't almond has flower as beautiful as this. A lovely shot and beautiful contrast betweent the while flowers and the blue sky.
Lovely clear day and light.
Graal (92168) 2012-02-27 23:44
very nice blossom tree. Good shot. I like the colours and contrast. Photo is well done.
Have a nice day.
eldancer1 (20824) 2012-02-29 9:28
Wow! I didn't know almond blossoms are beautiful! Good dof with nice details and wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
COSTANTINO (44171) 2012-03-08 11:37
I liked the phrase that you do not have
pictures with snow but you have this
almond blossom hope,this shot changed
my mood tonight,it is so sweet,delicate
full of spring aroma,freshness and
beauty,it is a great pleasure to look at
this wonderful spring scenery with
te amazing blue sky,
for your inspiration
fds (6317) 2012-03-17 6:13
i love very much the trees in the photo
this is very beautiful with your white flowers
i love the colors of the spring
very beautiful image with great colors and light
jusninasirun (17146) 2012-03-29 17:40
Beautiful time of the year capturing the full blossom against the spotless blue sky. Nicely framed and exposed with excellent fg details that I like.
Thanks and have a nice day.
coolravi19 (549) 2012-06-14 5:22
Photo is superb and spectacular. The almond tree with cool blue sky in background is making such an excellent element in your picture
Image resolution, clarity, color and composition is very good.
With good luck
aliabazari (10282) 2012-11-15 20:05
Oi Goncalo caro
Tão bonito. Nitidez de imagem é boa. Exposição e misture bem realizada. Vista encantadora e adorável.
thebest (4116) 2012-12-02 17:20
Such a simple image of the Almond tree - very pretty & effective against the clear blue sky - the light is very nice bringing out all the lovely colours Sringtime.
- Copyright: Goncalo Lopes (Bluejeans) (64243)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-02-08
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D40X, Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD, SD 4GB 150x
- Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Amendoeira em flor [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-02-10 10:35