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April 8, 2015

Out to Lunch

     I've been trying to keep my camera close for the past few weeks, hoping to be inspired by the unfolding spring. Although we have had some beautiful weather lately, I just haven't been able to enjoy the season like I thought I would. I am sure being under the weather probably has had something to do with it. Today that changed, and it wasn't blue skies that brought me out of my funk; it was fog. Late this morning it began rolling in from the water, thick enough that fog horns were sounding on the bay. I grabbed my camera and spent the first part of my lunch in the Flowering Arboretum at work; my hungry stomach had to wait.

Flowering Arboretum (1)

     Although not the most colorful tree in the garden, the most prolific blooms today came from the Yoshino cherry (Prunus x yedoensis).
Prunus × yedoensis (2)

Prunus x yedonensis (1)

Prunus × yedoensis (4)

Prunus glandulosa 'Rosea Plena' and Prunus x yedoensis (2)

     The other major players today were various magnolias and crabapples, which normally don't bloom at the same time, but this winter's lingering cold has delayed the magnolias.
Magnolia x 'Betty' (2)

Magnolia x 'Betty' (3)

Magnolia x 'Betty' (1)

Magnolia acuminata 'Elizabeth' (1)

Magnolia acuminata 'Elizabeth' (2)

Magnolia acuminata 'Elizabeth' (3)

Magnolia x 'Galaxy' (1)

Magnolia x 'Galaxy' (2)

Malus 'Strawberry Parfait' (1)

Malus 'Strawberry Parfait' (2)

Malus 'Strawberry Parfait' (4)


  1. Oh, so very beautiful. I love photos in the fog especially when the pretty spring blooming trees are flowering. Too bad you where not feeling well, hope you are back to 100%.

  2. Perfection, Les, pure perfection! I'm glad the fog brought you out of your funk. I hope you're feeling better. Sometimes the unconventional situation or setting has a way of making one look at life with a fresh perspective. Peace.

  3. So sorry you've been under the weather but you've obviously broken out of your funk'
    I especially love the glorious magenta crabapple!

  4. Wonderful photos as always Les..hope you are completely de-funkified !

  5. Gorgeous. We're just north of you so these photos were a good taste of things to come our way over the next couple weeks.

  6. The early blooming magnolias are pretty much all wrapped up around here. Thank you for sharing yours.

  7. Gorgeous photos, Les! Glad your funk lifted, beauty like this would surely do it!

  8. Love those Virginia blooms! I see in the background that your trees aren't fully leafed out. It is a late spring. Get well...

  9. O my, what gorgeous Magnolias! Heavenly. Hope you are completely de-funked.

  10. Thanks for grabbing the camera! Everything looks lovelier in that softer light, especially the bright pinks.

  11. Stunning photos despite the fog! I am hungry for spring to come to Maine.