This winter has undoubtedly been confusing, not just for the people but for the plants and animals, too. The warm weather threw a few things off course from their natural cycle, most notably my red maple tree. Living in a constant state of springtime, the tree broke into winter a few weeks late and then not too long after had to break into spring. It was only doing what it felt was natural.
Little did I know that when I snapped a photograph yesterday of my red maple’s new green leaves that I was documenting a full cycle of change – in pictures.
Beginning in March of last year through yesterday, here are a few photos I’ve kept (and most have been posted on this blog) and put together to see in one place. Keep in mind that the first photograph represents the red maple through the remainder of the year until the big changes start back up in late fall. Unfortunately, the red leaves never emerged and I am so disappointed to not have that photograph. I would apologize but Mother Nature is kind of in charge of these things and having my red maple skip the most magnificent change of all just emphasizes how unpredictable winter was this year but how beautiful the tree is during all the other changes we probably overlook throughout the year.