Sebastopol, California is a farming community in west Sonoma County that is associated with acres and acres of rolling hills planted with grapes. Although before the wine boom, the region was primarily known for growing Plums and Gravestein Apples. Unfortunately the apple industry in the 21st century struggles to compete with other apple growing regions and imports from other countries, notably China.
Thankfully, not all the apple trees have been replaced by grapes. There are still farmers who tend their orchards. The trees are planted in orderly designs that from a distance look like kaleidoscopes with wooden clapboard farmhouses placed at the center. It is easy to spot the abandoned orchards, weeds left untilled between the trees, their beauty not dimished by disheveled appearances.