[OT from cottage renovations]
Easter, Passover and the annual deadline for filing tax returns all come together this weekend.
a bit of rain a couple of days ago and some balmy weather have given great impetus to every growing thing including, alas, garlic mustard. I pulled up a great deal of it in the morning but am under no illusion that the job is done.
the understory trees have already leafed out enough to provide ground level shade.
(click through these thumbnails for higher resolution images)
the spring beauties are out in such abundance that the ground is literally carpeted with them. it's
almost more than a tiny-detail-oriented person can handle.
these magnolias are continuing to put on quite the show. they can be messy trees to be sure, but even in our species great beauties have a reputation for being high maintenance.
Maple Avenue and Oak Street
Brown Street and Chestnut Road
these azaleas are already out. if current conditions persist the others in the Grove won't be far behind them.
Railroad and Brown Streets and Hickory Road
this dazzling little patch of brillance is along the NE side Railroad Street. the setting isn't much, but there's no need to worry about that when the details are this enticing.
another roadside attraction
on the S side of the Town Hall these look more like a fancy cake decoration than part of our landscape.
for some reason I find redbud quite difficult to photograph. lighting and composition always seem to be problematic; it's a tree that demands a different approach.