Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sprigs: Flower Power

The flash of warm weather and ample rain forced one of our trees into exuberant blooms. Usually redbud flowers progress along the subdividing branches to the tips of smallest twigs. 

As if it has more flower power than it can contain, colorful clusters have sprung along the larger branches, back toward the trunk.

They put me in mind of pink barnacles* attached to a host. 

I'm curious to see what becomes of them once they're done blooming. Are there more steps in the peculiar cycle? Will they turn into leaves? New twigs? Spring is so much fun!

* Did you know that barnacles actually attach their foreheads to whatever they call home?  

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