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!