Curly Catkin

As we get further into the spring season more flowers are making their appearance as each day goes by. And while I wait for more to appear I just can’t help taking photographs of those pretty little white apple blossoms.

Apple Blossom Detail

Apple Blossom Detail

I plan on getting a lot of photos of these flowers while they’re around because before you know it summer will be here and these flowers will be long gone.

Lone Seed

Lone Seed

And of course, I can’t forget another of my favourites – the spikey seed. I’m waiting ever so patiently for these to start growing so I can see what they are. Seems spring is not their time. At least, not yet.

I did find something new today – the weeping willow tree catkin. 

Willow Catkin

Willow Catkin

In my research about the weeping willow tree, I found out that way back in 1763 a British minister, Edward Stone, did experiments on the tree’s bark and leaves. He found a substance called isolated salicylic acid. This was used to treat headaches and fever but was quite harsh on the stomach. In 1897 a chemist named Felix Hoffman created a synthetic version that was gentler on the stomach. He named this new version “aspirin” which he produced for his company, Bayer. Nature is pretty darn amazing.

A Repeat

So it turns out that my favourite photos from today are the same as yesterday (except for a new photo). Go figure.

Mica Cap

Mica Cap

The mushrooms have done some growing since yesterday afternoon and there seems to be more of them too. This mushroom family is starting to squish each other as they emerge from the ground. Mica caps grow in clusters so this grouping is not unusual.

Little Flower Buds

Little Flower Buds

I have absolutely no idea to whom these flower buds belong to. You’d think I would take a reference photo that showed more of the leaves so I could identify it later but no, I did not. So now I have to wonder what is it and whether I can find it again.

Open Apple Blossom

Open Apple Blossom

So I will end today’s post with a fully opened apple blossom. It’s not the same one as the one from yesterday but it’s definitely from a similar tree. Maybe even the same tree. I can’t remember. 😉

Emerging

For my neighbourhood walk today I took the catwalk from my street to the creek and the first thing I discovered is these mica cap mushrooms. They’ve almost finished emerging from the soil. 

Emergence

Emergence

Usually when I’m out hiking in autumn is when I tend to photograph these mushrooms. However, they’re starting to come up here and now so I must get some photos. Did you know that this type of mushroom is edible?

Apple Blossom

Apple Blossom on the Common Apple Tree

Apple blossoms are finally here! The little buds are opening and soon the trees will be covered in little white flowers. I can’t wait. Expect to see a lot of photos of these flowers.