Category Archives: trees and leaves

Peace offering

Sixteen years ago, a friend gave me a spathiphyllum plant as a thank-you. Also called peace lily, white sails or spathe flower, it is an easy-care houseplant that doesn’t need much light. It bloomed every year like clockwork. Just a couple blooms in March/April. Then for five years (2014-2018), it stopped and I missed those dazzling white spathes, symbols of spring.

This year, it bloomed again! Here are some pictures from first sighting on March 19th to today.

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March 19 – peekaboo, i see you

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March 20 – first bloom release

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March 23 – moisture pearl hangs from tip

 

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March 26 – second bloom on the way

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March 26 – bustin’ out

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March 28 – free to unfurl

 

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April 7 – peace lily pair

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April 7

 

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April 10 – second bloom

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April 14 – Tamil New Year

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April 18 – inflorescence up close

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April 27 – the white spathes turn green with time (in sunlight)

Reference:
Wikipedia: Spathiphyllum wallisii

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Equinox at my door

Today (March 20th) marks the first day of spring this year. I got to White Rock Lake 15 minutes before sunrise to listen to birds greet the day. And was I in for a treat! I took short walks along Lawther Drive, parking in the small lots around the lake.

dawn sky over White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas

Dawn sky over White Rock Lake

I saw coots and mallards and wood ducks on the water. The male wood duck sports an aerodynamic helmet. Such authority. So cute.

Dawn at Whiterock Lake Dallas

I call this the chandelier tree.

My eyes were on the waterfowl, but chirps rained on me from the trees.

A red-winged blackbird drew me into a reed patch with its trill. No pictures of the RWB,  but got a quick shot of two racing shells. Sidebar (book suggestion): The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Great read!

Racing shells on Whiterock Lake, Dallas

And then I heard honking in the sky. The unmistakable call of Canada geese! I looked up and sure enough, a pair!

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See the two specks in the clouds about a third of the way up from the bottom and more than a third of the way in from the left? Canada geese.

I was definitely hoping I’d see Canada geese, but I wasn’t expecting to see them. So this was a bonus and I was content with the glimpse and the honks. I tried again to take pictures of the red-winged blackbird, but the reeds and the bird’s motion meant a few unusable shots. So I started walking back to the car when loud honking at the water’s edge stopped me in my tracks. I looked back:

Canada geese on Whiterock Lake

Oh, hello … Canada geese. I can’t even …

I kept my distance to give them space.

Canada geese on Whiterock Lake, Dallas

Seconds later, they took to the skies.

Canada geese on Whiterock Lake, Dallas

Flap flap

Canada geese on Whiterock Lake, Dallas

In sync

Airborne!

Winter green

Live oaks don’t shed leaves in the winter.

live oaks in Tietze Park

Their chlorophyllic stance in frosty weather makes this an arc de tree-omphe. These beauties frame Tietze Park, one of Dallas’ many green spaces.

 

Dayspring Nature Preserve – Allen, Texas

When it’s brrrry cold outside, there’s always photos from the month of May.

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Nature preserve beats traffic jam

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Indian paintbrushes (ratibida columnifera) surround firewheel (gaillardia pulchella)

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Sheer re-leaf

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‘Round the bend for mind to mend

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Path-o-logically peaceful

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Air filter

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Decked out in emerald

Here’s the City of Allen listing for Dayspring Nature Preserve.

Bob Woodruff Park, Plano – South Pavilion

No sun, but still a Sunday!

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Parking lot panorama

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Peaceful pavilion

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Feeling grove-y

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How old is the tree at left? Hint: At least as old as the U.S. constitution

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225+ years. Wow!

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Bob Woodruff Park, Plano – North Pavilion

Wildflower Breck

April showers brought April flowers to Breckinridge Park in Richardson, one of my favorite places on the planet.

A few clicks from April 30th:

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Spring paints Breck red, white, and blue-tiful

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Work up a sweat or simply reflect

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Pretty purple palette pleases

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Creek bank holds interest

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Give me mauve

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Micro moment in the meadow

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Nature, master of fine arcs

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Bee-ready, pistils cocked

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Color me happy

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Pick a picnic spot

 

KaBloom!

Cup your palms for this awesome blossom and watch it spill over.

Magnolia blossom / Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Magnolia blossom / Fort Worth Botanic Garden

At the Fort Worth Botanic Garden you’ll find clusters of magnolia trees with massive canopies. Park benches under and around these gentle giants invite book reading, tree gazing, crossword solving, mini picnics… Doing nothing is always an option.