Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures
Maybe you can’t see it (go ahead and click on the photo for a closer look), but my eyes can see that the trees on the hillside have a definite reddish cast to them. This is reckoned as the first sign of spring here in Purdyville, or more properly, the sign that enables us to hold on for the next month of rough weather, before spring really comes.
The reddish cast is from the buds swelling on the trees. Later, but still before the trees leaf out, the red maples (Acer rubrum) will bloom with red flowers, and their young, immature foliage can be brilliantly red as well, before maturing to green. I’m sure there are many red maples on the hillside, as well as a grove of larches, but it’s surely not all red maple. So right now, it’s just buds that give it that color. I bet I’ll be seeing maple syrup collection hoses before long.
This is the same hillside that was in its glory last fall, by the way.