This year's spring has been late and compressed. When the May snows were finally over all the ephemeral wildflowers seemed to go off at once. I took a few obligatory flower shots, but I'm still more interested in buds and half-open leaves on trees. They have an amazing variety of shapes and textures, and since most wildflowers this time of year are white, they're actually more colorful. And I never used to notice them much, so I'm not used to them yet.
I am not good at identifying trees from their buds but I think this one is a maple.
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