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My daughter Amanda, a senior in college and no stranger to the blogosphere, told me last week, "You should put up your own pictures on your blog, Dad." I replied that I don't really snap photographs much, and she said, "Well, you still should. People would be interested in that." I didn't give it much thought until yesterday when a vision slugged me between the eyes.

Yesterday was a "May showers" kind of day here in "tree city" Cedar Falls. That may sound romantic, but it wasn't. The shower was a freezing one, and I was hurrying down a path at UNI — the University of Northern Iowa, that is — intent on getting to my car, shoulders hunched inside my windbreaker, hood up. It was at that moment that this tree swam into my peripheral vision: a spritz of pink blossoms spraying from an unruly rig of black branches pinned to metal-gray sky.

So I rushed back to my office, rain virtually unnoticed now, picked up a camera, and voilà. There you go, Amanda! Thanks for the suggestion.

Hey, does anyone know what kind of tree this is? I am not at all tree-savvy, people. If you know, could you tell me in a comment, please? Click below. Actually, do write a comment even if you don't know what this tree is.

As my friend Mark says, stay strong.


Barb said...

I don't know what kind of tree it is, but I love the gnarliness, particularly in the 2nd and 3rd pictures. And if you hadn't already noticed, your 2nd paragraph is a nice little narrative. Good thing you listen to your daughter!

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Barb, thanks! And I do listen to my daughter. Hope you're well today. Still kind of gray today, but not wet. Though the forecast for today was "sunny," not "overcast." Still waiting.

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You're welcome. I think my sickness is running its course. I'm not completely well, and I'm pushing it by being on the computer instead of resting. But I can't sleep because my schedule's off!

It's supposed to be sunny today, too, and highs near 70. Oh, well. I'll write soon.

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Barb! Get off the computer and go lie down! And drink plenty of water. (Actually, you probably are lying down. Because it's after midnight now!) Okay, when you actually read this comment: get off the computer and go lie down!

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Vince, I love your tree photos. We have that type of tree here in North Carolina too and it's the first to bloom in the spring. It's good to listen to our daughters:)

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I'm not a gardener, so this is a guess, but it looks like a redbud tree. We have them in Austin and they're beautiful in the spring.

Vince Gotera said...

Hi, Becky. Thanks so much. I suppose you listen to your daughters too? ;-D We're at Grinnell College now ... Amanda just graduated a couple of hours ago. Hope you're well!

Vince Gotera said...

Hello, Pamela. Thanks for your comment. Someone else told me it's a redbud tree. And they said a specific kind of redbud, but I've forgotten. Maybe an Asian redbud? Or something like that. Austin is a wonderful city. I remember going to a huge Asian grocery store there, about the size of a Super Wal-Mart, if I remember correctly. Take care!

Polly Forns said...

It truly IS a redbud tree and we have many here in Kentucky. It is always a glorious harbinger of spring. Thanks so much for posting them!

Vince Gotera said...

Polly ... sorry, I just found your comment. I'm not very good about checking for comments, I'm afraid. Thanks for your redbud tree ID. Hope you're well.

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