Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Pruning the olive trees

On hearing a chainsaw somewhere down in the woods this morning, I grabbed the camera and quickly walked to the lower terraces to investigate. But, to my great relief, it turned out to be a beneficial cutting. Some Italian farmers had been brought to prune the olive trees. They snipped and sawed with the confidence that comes from skill, good judgment, and years of experience. The men spoke only their dialect of Italian, so with sign language and a smile I got their approval for picture taking.
The olive fruit needs strong sunlight in order to produce lots of oil. Ideally every olive should enjoy direct sunlight for at least part of the day. Pruning reduces the density of the foliage and lets sun penetrate into every part of the tree.


Eva said...

Shalom Dina!
Welcome to blog community!
thank you for putting these beautiful pictures online. Maybe one day I can come and see myself???
A hug from L.A.- Eva

kay in hawaii said...

Wonderful blog, Dina. I love the photos. I'm looking forward to your next entry.

sraphvii said...

I am soooo happy that you've finally done this, to share your sensitive lens to catch the world! Specially the view from Isreal where my own lens cannot reach yet, I dearly appreciate. This year in Toronto we have snow more than enough to compensate the rest of the world. I am blowing some flakes to you ***

Jackie@travelnwrite said...

Oh I read all your olive posts! We must stay in touch and compare notes when olive harvest comes along this year. I can hardly wait to have an olive harvest! Do you have followers? If so, I'd like to join them but didn't see a button. Let me know and come back and visit Travelnwrite soon!