The Tuesday tree: horse chestnut coming into leaf
OK, so it’s not quite up to the Beeb’s time-lapse photography in Planet Earth, but here’s a little series of photos following the opening of a horse chestnut’s leaves. I hope that I never get blasé about Spring’s annual miracle.
Like so many others, I’ve been noticing how early spring has come this year in Scotland, where we never had a really cold snap at all this winter. Conditions over the past season could hardly have been more different from the previous two years, when the exceptionally cold winter of 2009/10 seemed to merge into the exceptionally snowy winter of 2010/11, making spring later than usual, particularly in 2010. Just to show you, here are the buds on this same horse chestnut at the end of the first week of April 2010:
and on 22nd March 2011:
This year, for the first time that I can remember, the horse chestnut is already covered in green leaflets, blowing about in the breeze of the Spring Equinox.