Photo Essay #8: Signs of spring

Every year in Ottawa, it’s more or less the same thing: somewhere around mid-March, winter starts petering out, and gasps its dying breath somewhere by the beginning of April.

In April, the snow melts away, the grass starts turning green, and we all anxiously await warm days (anything over 10°C counts) where we can go outside without anything heavier than a windbreaker.

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But for whatever reason, the trees seem to take their sweet time to wake up. Until they do, we’re in a sort of strange nether-world of green grass and bleak, gray trees with no life.

It’s not until the last week of April or the first weeks of May that the buds start appearing. When they do, they sure go fast.

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This is what the maple tree in my backyard have been up to this past week.

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Soon enough, these buds will turn into full-blown maple leaves and we’ll get some colour and shade again.

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The tenacious rule-of-thirds tree

Don’t give up
’cause you have friends
Don’t give up
You’re not beaten yet
Don’t give up
I know you can make it good
– Peter Gabriel

There’s this tree a few km from my house on a country road that caught my eye a few times last year when I was on a bike ride. The first time I noticed it was on April 30, 2016 after a particularly tough winter; nothing was growing nor turning green, especially this tree. Six months later on October 30 I was a little surprised to see it still there. Needless to say, it’s condition hadn’t changed much.

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Here it is again, after another nasty winter. More or less unchanged… still dead, and still hanging on. I’ll have to visit it again in October…


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