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The mild early winter gives way to more seasonal temperatures. Frost covers the orchards of Provence with a thin white veil. The wind shakes their bare branches. Only the almond trees bear their first buds, which will soon burst into pristine flowers, lightly flecked with pink. For the moment, these gnarled trees offer a peaceful landscape as nature sleeps before the arrival of spring.