This week, we jumped from winter to summer. From temperatures in the 40s and 50s to 80s and record-breaking 90s. The flowers and trees are bursting out in a massive explosion rather than a gentle progression.
Two weeks ago, the only color we saw on trees would have been this:
And on flowers like this:
But now? Well, let’s see what else yesterday’s walk revealed. All these photos, including the two above, were taken then.
Not far from my home we have these magnolias:
A minute later, and I’m walking on the trail to the big park near us. The pears normally flower before the leaves are too far along. But extremes like we’ve had will set them closer together, as you can see in the second of these two photos:
Continuing up the path we have redbud and forsythia. Normally these would be early bloomers, before the magnolias (and cherries).
The birds were singing and flitting about. I think they appreciated the cooler temperatures and rain we had earlier in the morning. A Northern Mockingbird played hide-and-seek with me as I tried to take his photo:
I stopped on the way home to take a few photos of my favorite flowering tree, the cherry:
Not all flowering trees are blooming yet. The crabs are still budding. But I bet we’ll see them opening within a few days. This time of year is my favorite, even if the pollen levels mean I should take my leave from this post to take some allergy pills.
Happy weekend, everyone!