Dogwoods

Spring has finally loosed all its charms here in the Arkansas Ouachitas. Even the dogwoods have caught up — blooming just in time for Easter.

Graceful grapes

I love the shape of grape leaves — deeply lobed, with lovely curves and points and essential to the beautiful fruit they will eventually help create. They are especially beautiful in their youth — blushing, satiny and untouched by disfiguring phylloxera or other pests.

Grapevine tendril
CURVACEOUS — Young tendril curves on itself.
Young grape leaves.
LEAFING OUT — Young grape leaves along the ground.

Weekly photo challenge: Beginning

 

This week’s photo challenge, “beginning,” is an excellent way to start the year. Our entry represents the beginning of a new cycle for our native dogwood trees. These buds are just awaiting spring’s arrival. (The beginning of spring seems like a long way away when the wind chill is in the single digits. Brrrrr.)

Dogwood buds ready for the beginning of spring.
Dogwood buds ready for the beginning of spring.

Other beginnings we liked this week:

 

 

 

 

There’s a ginger in the woods

It seems red-heads or “gingers” get a lot of grief. I suppose it’s because they stand out, as does this little cedar tree.

A red-headed cedar tree stands out against the greening forest. Sadly, its rusty head probably means it is a former cedar tree.
SEEING RED — A red-headed cedar tree stands out against the greening forest. Sadly, its rusty head probably means it is a former cedar tree. Between years of deluge has been a year of hard drought. That’s a lot of stress for any plant to take.