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One of my favourite elements about the Okanagan Valley has always been its fantastic wealth of fruit trees. From those in the yards of the neighbours on my childhood street, to the tall hills flanking both sides of Penticton that abound with pear, apple, cherry, apricot, and peach orchards, there are few things more evocative - or symbolic - of this corner of British Columbia to me than its bounty of fruit trees.
As such, I couldn't wait for spring to (finally) start popping its head out once more so that I could use the occasion to take some outfit photos amongst some of the local agriculture. While on a quick trip out to Kelowna recently, Tony and I headed up to a part of the city that I'm actually not very familiar with: East Kelowna.
It's somewhat amazing to me that all though I've been to Kelowna more times than I could ever recall throughout my life (I even briefly lived there for two months eons ago), I don't know if I've ever veered off into the easterly part of the city.
My goodness, I didn't know what I was missing! In a matter of minutes one is free from the hustle and bustle of the downtown core and suddenly immersed in a world of breath-taking views (of Okanagan Lake), farmland, beautiful homes, and a plethora of fruit trees.
Pulling up to a park on East Kelowna road, we took a few snaps there before skittering across the street to a little apple orchard (at least I think these were apple trees, I guess they could also have been pear) and nestling down among the newly bloomed branches for a few minutes in the light of a pale, serenely lovely late afternoon sunset.
I hadn't planned this location in advance, so I was very pleased that the cute pink and white polka dot dress and grey shrug I was sporting that day worked well with the grass and tree filled spots where we were shooting.
Without a doubt this area, tucked just a stone's throw away from the heart Kelowna, is now one of my favourite locations in all of the Okanagan. The scenery and pasture meets orchard filled landscape has a romantic charm to it that instantly found a soft with my soul, and to which I'm quite certain I'll make a point of visiting often know that I've (ever so happily!) discovered it.