Move over, Anton Chekhov! Here is a real cherry orchard in the Tri-Cities, Washington area - right where the Columbia, Yakima and Snake Rivers meet. Obviously, being so positioned, this is a fertile agricultural area.
My reporter and photographer, Tricia, took these photos while on a visit to her cousin's farm. What a beautiful area of the world!
Her cousin, Karen, says:
"We moved here in the fall of '88 to a 20-acre cherry block just coming into production... we gradually acquired an additional 30-ish acres, introducing apples (Gala and Fuji) to our cherries."
The market became saturated with those varieties of apples, however, and the prices fell so low that Karen and her husband eventually converted to all cherry trees.
They now grow Bing, Chelan, Van, and Rainier varieties of cherries.
"We have liked the challenge of growing quality fruit and the humility we must have with Mother Nature as our business partner; and the beautiful quiet environment of the orchard to live in, raise our family, and acquire a steady succession of cats and dogs!"
Below you see Tricia's kids playing with some of those animals.
Sounds like a great life, doesn't it? Thanks, Tricia, for sharing these beautiful photos with us.