frisky squirrels and budding maples

frisky squirrels and budding maples

I couldn’t decide what was more interesting: that fact that the maples are starting to blossom (in February!) or that the bark of this silver maple looks like elephant skin. Typically, most of the buds on a given tree usually all flower within days of each other. But this year with our unusually warm temps, interspersed with below freezing temps, anything could happen.¬†Silver maple flowers are wind-pollinated and lack petals (which would hinder dissemination).¬† Therefore, the flowers are not large and flashy, and often escape notice. So look up! Things are happening.

silver maple blossoms (Acer saccharinum)

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