Acer Tree says it’s spring

We have a beautifully awkward maple tree that sit on the south side of our yard. It has some gnarly features and would sure not win any beauty pageants. I have kept it because it provides nice shade and privacy to our master bedroom. Another nice feature are these great little red buds that appear, indicating a thankful reprieve from the winter months is soon to follow.

Odd bit of knowledge I gained today. Acer is the genus family of trees we (non bark-geeks) call maple. I wonder if there were executives in a board room in Taipei were looking for a witty tree name to compete with Apple.  Now you also share this bit of information. You arborists and botanists already knew that, didn’t you. Smart folks they is.

The sun was setting and making it a bit of a challenge to get the bark detail I was hoping for. That being the case, This marks the first image in my blog that I used a mounted flash. I used the iTTL setting for the flash. The flash I used has 2 strobes – the upper primary one and a lower ‘fill’ flash. I used both for this image.

It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” (Matthew 13:32 ESV)

Nikon D7000 | 1/160 | ISO 1000  | 55mm | f/4 | Flash - Promaster 7500EDF

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