Monday, April 19, 2010

Good Morning, Maple

This has been a VERY exciting week for my maple tree. So even though I’m supposed to be taking a break from blogging, I just had to write this post.

By now, it’s plain to see—even from my office window—that the tree's buds are opening to reveal tiny new leaves. Hooray!

I’ve been taking photos of the tree every day, so I can really monitor its progress. Unfortunately, the four buds I’m photographing near the bottom of the tree are major slowpokes. Most of the buds higher up are way ahead of them.

To show the tree’s overall progress, I’ve been taking some photos looking up toward the sky too. On Tuesday, the skyward shots showed a sprinkling of new leaves with many buds still opening.

By Thursday, there was a noticeable change. A leaf was just beginning to emerge from one of the four buds and there was lots of activity higher up.

Here’s how things looked yesterday. The first photo shows all four buds just above my eye level pushing out leaves. Higher up, a good two-thirds of the tree's leaves have emerged.
What a difference a week has made! I’m going to keep watching and photographing the tree. I wonder how things will look next week.

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