Saturday, May 16, 2015

Leafing Out

The shoreline trees are now beginning to leaf out. Most are still with some flower and only small young leaves.

May 6

May 10

May 16

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The trees are waking

The trees are waking! Well, at least that's how it seems. There must have been all kinds of chemical reactions taking place as the trees sensed their environmental brightening and warming that led to swelling buds with flowers and first leaves.

It was a trying winter in these parts, and the change in scenery here is most welcome!

Sassafras Flowers

Maple Samaras

White Birch Catkins
Cinnamon Fern

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Coming of Spring

"Every year we find new cause for happiness in the growing buds, unfolding leaves, and the shaping of blossom. We add to our pleasure in these things by tracing their development. We cannot but wonder at the manifestation of the perfect mechanism that enables a small bud to contain during the winter a complete set of leaves, stems and flowers, and to unpack them in regular order at the coming of Spring."
The Artistic Anatomy of Trees
Their Structure & Treatment in Painting
Rex Vicat Cole

Red Oak

Red Oak

Unknown species

Wild Cherry

Unknown species

The Artistic Anatomy of Trees is a wonderfully inspirational book. Available inexpensively from Dover via Amazon, read extensive previews on Google Books, or see the original volume on the Internet Archive.