An almond orchard in bloom along Snow Road makes for a magical backdrop for portraits. Amateur and professional photographers alike have made it a local tradition of sorts to pull up alongside an orchard and get out for a quick photo session. Their window of opportunity is short because the bloom lasts no more than two to three weeks, and storms can blow the white and bloom flowers off trees. But in the meantime, the blossoms create a striking contrast against the leafless trees, creating almost an illusion of snow. "You can do some very beautiful things out there," said retired Bakersfield portrait photographer Randall Barker. Be advised that almond orchards are typically located on private property and visitors might be well-advised to ask for permission before entering.

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