Holding back the sun

Thick mist holds back the morning sun at the Fruit Research Station in Clarksville, Arkansas. Taken Dec. 9, 2014, near one of the station’s peach orchards.

Peach trees in the mist.
MIST IN THE ORCHARD — The sun, filtered  by heavy fog, throws peach trees in silhouette at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Fruit Research Station.

Just peachy

What a difference a couple of weeks can make. The top photo is of part of the peach orchards at the U of Arkansas’ Fruit Research Station near Clarksville. The bottom photo was taken at another Clarksville orchard during the first week of April. Spring certainly showed his colors — and threw in a big fat bee too!

WAITING -- Peach orchard in March 13, 2013, a week before bud break.
STARK — Peach orchard at the Fruit Research Station near Clarksville, Ark., on March 13, 2013, a week before bud break.
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BLOOMING — Branches at Peach Pickin’ Paradise in the heart of Arkansas’ peach country in Johnson County during the first week of April. (Courtesy the Cooperative Extension Service, photo by Shay Morgan)