Remember, way back, when I mentioned that a few trees have opposite branches? Maples are one of those, and I'll start with a tree that you might not have known is a maple. Notice on those flower buds above that they are opposite? That is actually about the prettiest picture I've ever gotten of this species. It's really sort of a junk tree- the lowly boxelder. It's biggest claim to fame is that the leaves look very much like poison ivy.
Here is the shape of this rather small boxelder just as it was flowering on April 3. Now it's starting to get real leaves.
Here's a maple more like what you may expect. These are the flowers on a sugar maple tree just a couple of days ago, at least a week later than the boxelder.
Finally, this is the sugar maple with the buds just getting ready to unfurl into leaves. This picture was taken the same day, but some branches were farther along. Look carefully at the branch right in the middle, and you can easily see the opposite branching.
Tomorrow, I'm doing a table for our trail club at an Earth Day event. Who knows what I may find there? Last year I got some great pics of a sea lamprey that was being demonstrated.
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