Redbud Season

The Peak of Spring Color for the Eastern Redbud Tree
[Regular Photo Mode, Close-up]

The natural world is coming back to life, after its winter rest. I saw my first wild trillium of the season on a hike in the Cuyahoga Valley this morning. Much of the forests’ lower layers are fully leafed out now. The grass in our lawn is growing like crazy.

The Peak of Spring Color for the Eastern Redbud Tree
[Portrait Mode, Close-up, focused on a branch in the middle distance]

I love it all. But my favorite components of this spring symphony are the Redbuds. In Northeast Ohio, our Eastern Redbud Trees are at the peak of their spring color right now. And even though I can never do an Eastern Redbud Tree justice with my photographic skills, I can’t stop trying to grab onto the ephemeral beauty to make it last in a meaningful way.

The Peak of Spring Color for the Eastern Redbud Tree
[Portrait Mode, Medium-Distance Full-Frame, focused on near branches]

The world is just blooming and booming and blossoming and breathing out blessing. And those Redbuds feel simply electric to me. I get charged up just being near them.

The Peak of Spring Color for the Eastern Redbud Tree
[Regular Photo Mode, Wide Shot]

Spring continues its decades-long climb up my personal ranking of Seasons, from fourth to second, these days, even though I still don’t love hiking in the mud. There’s still a lot of moisture in the air and on the ground in Northeast Ohio at this time of the year. Even so, it feels like a privilege to watch the world unfurl. Especially those Redbuds.

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