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Central San Joaquin Valley’s blossom trail booming with beauty

Plum trees are heavy with blossoms under the snow-capped Sierra Nevada on Alta Avenue north of Reedley.
Plum trees are heavy with blossoms under the snow-capped Sierra Nevada on Alta Avenue north of Reedley. jwalker@fresnobee.com

Subtle shades of white, pink and red against a backdrop of lush green fields, clear blue skies and snow-capped mountains.

The central San Joaquin Valley’s wide assortment of tree fruit and citrus orchards give life to a February-March favorite: A walk, bike ride or drive along the showy Blossom Trail, with its dazzling array of blossoms mingled with the fragrant citrus blossoms.

The zig-zagging Blossom Trail stretches east from the Fresno intersection of Jensen and Clovis avenues through Sanger, Centerville and Minkler; south from Highway 180 and Frankwood Avenue; west from Alta and Manning avenues through Reedley; and north from Rose and Mendocino avenues.

Want a longer drive? Add the Orange Blossom Trail to your outing. Instead of heading south from Highway 180 on the blossom trail, continue east on Highway 180, turn south at Cove Avenue, then head west on Sumner Avenue/Park Boulevard in Orange Cove and rejoin the Blossom Trail at Alta and Manning.

The Bee is encouraging its readers to get out and enjoy the blossoms – as well as the wildflowers in the foothills – then submit their flowery photos for possible inclusion in the April 7 ArtHop exhibit to be held at The Bee.

Photos will be printed for the exhibit, displayed for the month of April, then given to the photographer.

Send us your photos!

Interested in being part of the April 7 ArtHop show at The Bee? Send your wildflower or blossom photos with the subject “Fresno Bee Art Hop” to photo@fresnobee.com or alert us to your photos via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter by using #FresnoBeeArtHop.

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