Maples

Crimson king maple leaves in springReddish-brown the leaves for now
But darkly purple later.
Red wears a crown when leaves fall down
But the Crimson King’s is greater.

Sun behind crimson king maple in spring

I had planned to post this back in May when the leaves had opened up on the tree and it possibly would have made more sense. But there are many things that didn’t go as planned this year. We’re all doing what we can.

I hope you are doing well where you are. Take care.

H is for Happy Little Tree #AtoZChallenge

Evergreen seedling growing next to moss and dry leavesWho doesn’t love Bob Ross? He paints and teaches with such love that I can’t help but relax and fall into a happy little trance when I watch The Joy of Painting.

I saw this tiny tree on a walk yesterday and wanted to wish it good luck.

I hope you grow up strong and happy, little tree.

 

C is for Cherry Blossoms Opening #AtoZChallenge

Pink cherry blossom on tree branch with blue sky
Plum blossom?

The flowering trees are beginning to open in my neighborhood. One of my favorite times of year.

This cherry tree is always one of the first to bloom. Except I’ve just been doing a little research, and it might not be a cherry tree after all. I think it’s actually a plum tree called, confusingly, a black cherry plum, or Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’. The photos on this tree nursery site seem to match up.

I read today that cherry trees always have green leaves, and the leaves on this tree are always a dark maroon. Maybe it’s not a cherry tree after all.

I have been trying to identify the neighborhood’s various flowering trees for a few years, but never with much luck or perseverance. It’s easy to call them all cherry blossoms, but I sometimes strive to be more accurate. There are two that I think are more likely crabapples, and now I think this might actually be a plum. It doesn’t really matter because they all bring me joy with their flowers. It’s just fun to have a few mysteries to solve each spring.

 

J is for Just Watching Spring

Pink blossoms on a tree in

Just watching as Spring opens up all around me.

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I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. The idea is to post every day, except Sundays, and end up with one post for each letter of the alphabet. It’s a good challenge to help me to blog every day.

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C is for Colors of Spring

Spring is finally bringing some color back into the world.

Cherry blossoms, okame

It’s lovely.

Cherry blossoms,

These cherry trees (Prunus x incamp ‘Okame’ cherry) were not only nice to look at, but had a beautiful sound as well.

Cherry blossoms,

They were humming. Filled with bees.

Pink cherry blossoms, okame

As one of the first trees to open in this particular park, it was the place to be if you were a bee.

Pink cherry blossoms

Unfortunately you can’t see them in the photos, but I’ll always remember their soothing sound.

Magnolia flower, pink and white

The magnolia trees were the only other flowering trees that were ready to show off on this particular day.

White and pink magnolia

The sign for this one below listed the name as Magnolia stellata ‘Centennial’ star magnolia

Magnolia tree, magnolia stellata centennial star magnolia

They had some pretty pink stripes on the back of each flower.

Pink stripes on the back of magnolia stellata centennial star magnolia

It’s so nice to have spring here again.

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I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. The idea is to post every day, except Sundays, and end up with one post for each letter of the alphabet. It’s a good challenge to help me to blog every day.

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Photo Challenge: State of Mind

Setting sun on cherry tree branches

This week we’re asked to share a photo and story that tells something about the state of mind we felt when taking the photo.

Mine comes from one evening last April, when I saw the setting sun around the corner of the building. At the top of the frame are branches from an ornamental cherry tree that was very close to blooming. This would be last round of tree blossoms outside, and I was looking forward to seeing one final brilliant display of pink petals.

My state of mind was that I was still happy that last year’s long winter was finally over, and that there were lovely trees and flowers and evening walks again.

All That Remains

Shadow of ranunculus flower

My springtime friend, lovely ranunculus. Even your shadow was enticing. But not just to my camera and me, to the aphids as well.

I didn’t know it was happening until it was too late. There was no hope of undoing what had so swiftly taken place. Your second bud would never know the warm sun on its open face.

I looked at you, but I did not see. I gave you water but not what you really needed. I brought you home, and I let you down.

Now all that remains is a shadow of a memory.