Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Are You Looking Up? Down?

In the spring on the East Coast everyone goes crazy for cherry blossoms.  We are close to the famous DC Cherry Blossom Festival of 1,000,s of blooming trees which we share with Japan and which this year has much more meaning to us all.  Many neighborhoods are also filled with pink confetti swirling in the trees that line the streets at the end of March and beginning of April.  Yes, it is breathtaking and much like the feeling you get when you see that 14-year-old gal toss her hair as she turns into a lovely young woman.  Her hair has that shine and her eyes twinkle with future mystery.  It is all hold-your-breath gentle beauty.

Photographers are going crazy with the fresh and very temporary loveliness.  It is all clean and delicate, and oh, so ephemeral.  Blink and the season is gone and street sweepers are pushing pink confetti blossoms along the street gutters with abandon at the end of this party as summer taps its impatient foot waiting in the background.  Shrug your shoulders and the wind shows lime green fluttering leaves above instead of pink bouquets.
While I have only wild cherry trees with limited bloom, here are some spring photos from the other trees in 'my' woods.






I call these 'gutter stuffers.'

This looks like there was a lovely party last night.  Sorry I missed it.



Wild persimmon that blooms at the river's edge.  White loveliness.  Remember the snow frosting on top?



13 comments:

Brian Miller said...

nice...i like them....our pear trees are in bloom and blowing white petal snow everywhere...

Pauline said...

Nothing is in bloom here yet save the snowdrops which have been alternately rained and snowed upon. Soon, though, soon. Your photos make me yearn for the sight of apple blossoms when the trees look as though they're dressed in billowing bridal finery.

Hilary said...

Sigh.. I'm waiting very, very patiently. And enjoying your local beauty in the meantime.

Dave King said...

Beautiful. Knock-out beauty.

Beverly said...

A lot of parties go on in my yard....I don't get invited either....

deb colarossi said...

How very unique...
I love this .

And want this....

and thank you for your kind words, Tabor. Always.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Funny how so much photography is exactly that ... ephemera. What we see there in static is a moment of a moment that we probably look too closely into. Does it capture too much or not enough I wonder?

Dave King said...

I just came back for another look. Still as lovely as ever!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Not just 'gutter stuffers'--but also DECK stuffers and SIDEWALK stuffers... I have to sweep over and over... ha... BUT--I love them ALL....

Beautiful pictures, Tabor. We've been to DC once to see the Cherry Blossoms. AND--we took a gazillion pictures... ha.. It was awesome though.

Hugs,
Betsy

Dave said...

Hi Tabor. You have a lovely blog with lots of beautiful photos. I love it and will be back. Thanks for visiting mine today - Dave

Barbara said...

These are beautiful! I don't see many of these flowering trees, just the wildflowers popping up along the highway. Thank you for sharing!

Linda said...

The blossoms in your woods are stunningly beautiful, Tabor. Ours will not be out until the end of April, beginning of May. They are very different from yours too. We get mostly apple and pear blossoms. The persimmon you have shown here is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing. =D

Kerri said...

Our silver maple makes a similar mess, but those red buds and blooms are beautiful, aren't they?
The wild persimmon blooms are gorgeous. Oh, to have a yard full of flowering fruit trees!
I do remember the snowy frosting :) So pretty.