I had taken a picture of buds shaped like this on a hike a few years ago, and had no clue what tree they went with. Now, I should confess that if I had been paying attention to the alignment of the branches (opposite), and the size of the tree (small), and the way the branches grow (reaching upwards as you can see in this picture), I might have figured it out. It would at least have narrowed the choices. Just for fun, I left the moon in the picture.
Here are the branches a little closer. Now you can see those funny little knobs at the ends of the branches. What the heck are those buds?
Well, here you have it. Those little pointed onion buds are found on the Flowering Dogwood, Cornus florida. Now here's where the joke is really on me. The tree I pictured on the hike several years ago is not one of these. These are from the tree in my own yard that I planted ten years ago. It finally bloomed last year for the first time. But had I ever looked at the buds before? Obviously not!
|Hike Planning Report|
|Ordered the Steripen, our new choice for water purification since our old filter died.
Began to analyze some information received from people who are familiar with portions of this route.
Planned the menus for all 14 days. This is not as onerous as it might sound. We've done this for so many years that there is quite a long list of choices already established. But I had to choose ones to suit this group, and this hike.
Sent a long message to our hiking crew with updated information and the menus for approval.
Walked 3 miles with a 28 pound pack.
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