My morning starts with the roll of thunder echoing through my mountains. Then the sound of rain beating on the roof. The Spring storm lulls me back to into a deep sleep until the songbirds come out and give the all clear. Once I was certain that things had dried up enough I stepped out of the door and into a world of beautiful colors. One of the most awaited sights of my Appalachian Mountains is the Redbud and today it’s in peak bloom.
The mountain road that runs by my house is lined with Redbud which is a double blessing under lockdown conditions. I decided to get some sun and fresh air by taking my lens a little closer to beautiful trees.
These early blooms are a God send for the hungry honeybees that have been living on their stores since November. The solitary bees are out in force as well and open flowers have even brought out the butterflies.
A Zebra Swallowtail darts over the road but refused to be still long enough for a good photo.
Redbud blooms are edible and rich in Vitamin C as well protein. For more about Redbud as a forage plant please refer to Forage Friday #3
The trees are absolutely loaded with delicate pink flowers. The pea-like flowers burst directly from the branches and sometimes the trunk.
The flowers won’t last long. Soon after the leaves form the flowers will fall away and leave the forest floor covered in pink confetti. But by mid summer these trees will be sporting bean pods. (The young pods are edible. Please see the link above. )
For now my mountain is in the pink and I’m loving every minute of it.
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