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Sometimes I struggle, parsing through hundreds of photos, to find the right pictures and story that I want to present. Assembling this post somehow came very easily, perhaps because its subject is one of my favorite trees.
Buttonwood is such an absolutely beautiful being that there's no way I can't feel inspired. A while back I found one of last year's fruits on the sidewalk under the tree. I'd been looking for one of those for months. Now I'm graced with a more complete picture.
Here are a few fully flowered buttons. The clump of trees in the area is quite loaded with these.
And here's a close shot of one of the buttons.
Here's a button where the flowering is going by. Each of those little brown tube-like things appears to be a seed at the end of a tube that would catch the wind. I still really need to research this whole flower, seed, button apparatus, but the picture is slowly becoming clearer.
And lastly, here's a shot of the lone Buttonwood at the far end of the lake. Isn't this just the most incredibly beautiful tree?