As much as I enjoy the Japanese cherry blossoms, I think there are some equally lovely native plants blooming now. Witness the Redbuds I photographed at Claude Moore Park yesterday:

Branch with More Behind

Branch receding


I’ve never been sure why these trees are called Redbuds, as the flowers look more violet to me, but I do know that they are a most welcome sight in the spring. Especially on an April morning with wind chills in the 20s!

Close Up Redbuds

Redbuds in the Woods

Beautiful blossoms, and a landscape completely free of crowds.

Path with Redbuds

About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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