Monthly Archives: April 2013

Yellow cup of sunshine

Another variety of magnolia in the park, Elizabeth Magnolia, offers up a papery pale yellow cup to drink in some late afternoon sun. Meanwhile, some of the neighboring blooms are just beginning to break out of their fuzz-dusty pink bud shells.

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Creature from the green lagoon

Although not really in a lagoon, this little frog seems quite happy to be floating about in the spring algae of one of the creeks in the park.

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The lipstick has landed

Five days later, almost all of the lipstick buds are open. Slender fingers with nail-polished tips gather to form a wayward sea urchin within.

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Lipstick rocketship

This capped bud reminded me of both a lipstick and a rocket. It has since taken off leaving behind a billowing plume of petals. I think it’s some variety of magnolia. I’m leaning toward lily (Magnolia liliiflora), but it could be … Continue reading

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Ticker tape

This weeping willow is on the skinny side; still, it holds its own springtime parade flinging out thin, chartreuse streamers.

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Flower fruit

Another cherry tree in the park, Amanogawa cherry (prunus serrulata ‘Amanogawa’). The pink parcel on the end of this small branch dangling down like a soft, flowery fruit.

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The fuzzy underside of nature

Stem-side view of an emerging star magnolia blossom, in all its fuzzy glory. Its Latin name sounds like an Italian film star from the 50s: Magnolia Stellata.

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