Tag Archives: trees

Petal Pusher

Our tree is wacky. It has spikes on its trunk. And it grows beautiful flowers on one limb that you don’t notice until they start falling.


If you only get one tree, I guess this one’s ok.


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I have no trouble recalling the name of these trees because they always look to be on their last legs, even in Spring. I guess the planners of this deciduous tree-challenged neighborhood thought they’d be just the thing we’d like to see on our morning dog walk. As if they might actually provide some respite from the glaring star that flings its blinding rays at us most days here. Now that I’ve shared them with you, I’m hoping I won’t be so offended by them, and we can just get on with our lives. There, I feel better now. 


Canopy

It’s not much but it’s all we’ve got. Fortunately, it’s growing fast. It’s a silk floss tree (Ceiba Speciosa). It has grown noticeably just in the two years we’ve been here. Down low it’s intimidating, but looking up into its branches gives me hope for some respite in the land of unrelenting sun.

Illicit Tree Shot

20140430-155552.jpgYesterday on the way to swim practice, D proudly showed me this picture she had taken on her iPod touch.  “Wow!” I exclaimed. She really did a nice job! Then I realized that last week I had taken that iPod away from her, because she had deceptively taken it to school, and hidden it high in a kitchen cupboard. Now it’s mine, all mine, to exploit for my purposes!  And today, those purposes are for the Photo of the Day. It’s good being a mom.

Blossoms

20140326-184703.jpgI never posted this after taking these pictures a month ago. I was inspired by beautiful weather at the end of March to take the kids to see the cherry blossoms at the UW quad. I’d never seen them myself. We found ourselves with many other families of young children under a blanket of blossoms.20140326-184711.jpg

20140326-184730.jpgI later learned that a couple dozen had earlier been removed because of dry rot and a construction project near the new stadium. We didn’t miss them.20140326-184739.jpg