Remember what the red maple in front of my house looked like just 7 days ago? Well, here it is today: pollinated flowers are all developing green samaras, those tight red clusters from last week are now long enough to rustle in the wind.
|Red Maple Fruit Developing|
|Red Maple leaf bud with maturing fruit|
In fact, the maples were not the only trees to change over the past week. Just walking Diamond Dog after work today I noticed all the trees in the neighborhood were in bloom.
|Sorry for the fuzzy phone photo, but the Norway Maple is in bloom|
|Some escaped Forsythia growing along the railroad tracks|
I also happened upon a shrub (small tree?) growing in a wasteland area that I think is a type of Aesculus. It had a flower stalk already, although the flowers weren't close enough to opening to guess the color. I will have to watch it over the next week or so to see if I can identify it. Unless one of you has an idea?
|A closeup of the flower structure|
|The whole plant|
|what i assume are pollen structures|
|a closeup of the leaves and reproductive structure|
|the whole tree.|