whatever is lovely... if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Philippians 4:8

The Beauty in Maple Blossoms

Red maple blossoms from Beauty Observed 1

Macro Red maple blossoms from Beauty Observed 2

Macro Red maple blossoms from Beauty Observed 3

Macro Red maple blossoms from Beauty Observed 4

Super Macro Red maple blossoms from Beauty Observed
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When we moved into our house 17 1/2 years ago I would drive down our brick street and just marvel at the beauty of the maple trees that reached their branches across the street.  The canopy of leaves would let light dapple though.  It was positively Midwest gorgeous!

Unfortunately, tornadoes and blight have taken most of the old 80+ year old trees in our neighborhood.  The house across the street just had their two towering maples taken down last week.  It makes me so sad.

Like the rest of the street, we’ve lost the mature maples that used to grow in our yard.  We planted a new red maple a few years ago.  My youngest two dubbed it “Baby Tree.”  I take their first-day-of-school pictures in front of it each year.

I am used to watching the red haze cover the edges of the trees in spring.  Until Baby Tree, I never took the time to really notice the beauty in that red haze.   The red haze is the maple tree blossoming.  Did you know that maple trees blossom?  Well, because Baby Tree’s lower branches are where I can see them, I was able to capture some of the beauty in the red haze.  I didn’t photograph it at exactly the right time.  That happens sometimes.  These photos were taken the day after we had snow again.  They are a little wilted.  I think they are still beautiful.

Where these pictures were taken:  In my front yard.

How I took them:  Standing on my tippy toes.  I’m pretty short.  lol

What to notice:  I don’t have a lot of red in my yard/garden. You’ll find lots of white, pink, blue, and purple.  However, I love red maple trees.  Notice that the color of these blossoms contain the same colors that the leaves will be in the fall.  You can see one of those leaves here.  If you look closely, you can still see the hard bud casings that protected these little blossoms all winter.

What they make me think about God or a scripture they remind me of:  There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:  Ecclesiastes 3:1

Please feel free to tell me what you noticed, what they made you think about God, or a scripture they reminded you of.

Have a beautiful day!

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13 thoughts on “The Beauty in Maple Blossoms”

  • Love those school pictures and obviously the pictures of your Maple tree. There is so much expression from them, however I can be bad at explaining what I see…but I really love. That verse from Ecclesiastes is such a great one. Much love.

    • Thank you, Beth. Sometimes, there aren’t words. Just the beauty we feel. I have to say, sometimes I find it hard to blog because I can’t find the words to describe how something makes me feel. <3

      I appreciate your comments so much!

  • Hello, I love the maple trees! I miss the colors in the spring and the fall. I live out in the open plains, but over 30 years we have planted many trees! I hope you are having a wonderful week!
    Your children look so cute, they will grow faster than the Maple tree…
    Yours, Roxy

    • Thanks, Jill.

      As you know, I have an older daughter (EMU) who is grown and living in another state. I’ll have to get a picture of all three of them when she visits this summer.

  • Laura,

    Yes, my babies are growing up too fast. I also have an older daughter who is grown and out of the house. It goes too quickly.

    Thank you for visiting and commenting!

  • LOL! So you want to know what I learned from your post? We did not plant an oak tree last year. It was labeled oak, but we had the exact same blossoms this year. I love it, cuz actually I ended up with exactly what I wanted in my yard, color! You kids are super cute.

    • Lisa,

      Too funny about the oak vs. maple! You’ll definitely know this fall 🙂

      These are my two youngest kids. My oldest daughter is grown and moved to another state. I’ll have to get a picture of the three of them in front of the tree this summer when she visits.

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