While taking our hounds for a run at Mossvale Park over the last few weeks, I’ve been having a closer look at an unfolding story, a budding tale, being revealed by the trees in the park as Spring approaches. It’s the time of year when buds begin to shoot out as the trees emerge from their Winter slumber and the change is very evident. I’ve never really taken that much notice of trees when they start budding, but the variety in Mossvale Park caught my eye and then simply couldn’t be further ignored.
I was quite surprised to see so many flowering buds and what almost looked like fully developed flowers on some of the trees. The fresh leaves on some were substantial to say the least and not what I expected, even though it is now nearing the end of Autumn when these photographs were taken. But I guess this is the way that some develop and these leaves and flowers possibly only last a short time (I’ll have to take note). Even more surprising was one tree that looked quite dead from afar and totally covered in lichen, yet there were delicate white flowers were blooming on the branches.
The traditional style of bud was naturally in great profusion and when looking more closely at each type, revealed some very fine and beautiful features and textures. It’s often only when you get really close to things that another world is revealed, one that the naked eye often tends to overlook. There is so much fine detail in these buds that only when things are magnified do you see the hidden beauty.
And the closer that you get, the more interesting and revealing things become. These scenes won’t last long and will likely change dramatically in merely days, so getting some photographs early isn’t such a bad idea. With some of the buds, you get the feeling that they are just waiting to burst open, given a few days of warming sunlight.
And while new growth emerges from the branches, memories of last year’s growth still lingers on, with many of the trees having leaves and seed pods tenaciously holding on while new growth emerges alongside. It’s strange how these leaves and seed pods have managed to hang on, despite the heavy rains and winds that we’ve had over Winter.
But it won’t be long now before all of this will be gone for another year as the trees come into full leaf and the park is once again a brilliant sea of greenery. It’s quite surprising how quickly the scene changes.