Afternoon at the Arboretum

A few hours in the Arnold Arboretum turned up a wide variety of flowers and other photo opportunities. These are some of my favorites.

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I was taking pictures of this empty nest, and every time I got closer to it, a robin behind me started to freak out. I finally decided she probably had eggs in there, so I didn’t get any closer. When I walked away, she made a beeline for the nest!

Early Spring in the Arboretum

We finally came upon a few signs of spring in the Arnold Arboretum, in Boston, this weekend. Magnolia blooms peeking out from their pods? Boom. Done.

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Magnolias, pussy willows, bees and crocuses (crocii?). As always, click on any picture to see it larger (click on all theĀ  pictures – you’ll want to see them larger. You want to buy them? OK. Wait – that website’s not functional yet. Send me a message, or comment, and we’ll work something out).

A Little Good News

There’s been so much tragedy all over the world this week, I can’t even begin to express how badly I feel for the people involved. Instead, I’m going to try to bring a little light to my readers. Flowers! It’s finally spring, flowers are blooming, and there is beauty to be found in unlikely places. I challenge you to look for some beauty, as well.

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I do not know what type of flower this is. They were very small, mixed in among the grass at Minuteman National Park near Concord, Mass.

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Spent a couple hours wandering downtown Quincy last night, and made the above image of a magnolia blossom from a tree between City Hall and a small cemetery where many Revolutionary War soldiers are buried. The image below is from a cherry blossom tree in front of city hall, in the last light of the day.

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I hope your day is blooming with beauty.