I took a walk in Piper's Creek orchard this morning to see the blossoms. This orchard was planted more than 100 years ago by Minna and Andrew Piper who had lost their bakery business in the Seattle Fire of 1889 and moved out to the countryside to live in a logger's shack. I am drawn to old orchards for sentimental reasons as there were so many in New Brunswick where I grew up. For those with more than a sentimental interest you can read about the varieties of apples in the orchard on the very helpful park sign by the woodland trail.
Piper's Creek is a restored salmon stream just a few steps away. You can read more about the orchard and the volunteers who look after it at http://www.mlhp.net/pipers/ or you can google Piper's Orchard.
I love this picture of Minna and her daugher Tillie in their garden. Wouldn't they be happy to know that their orchard is being looked after so well.