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April 7, 2012 / Leslie

Saturday Snapshot: Flowering Trees

Earlier this week I went on a Garden Walk at one of my favorite places, Cantigny Gardens, for a tour of the flowering trees and shrubs. Because of the exceptionally mild winter and early warm spring, the trees are blooming about one month ahead of their normal schedule. The Crabapple trees were in full bloom and provided a gorgeous array of pinks and whites. It was spectacular.

Crabapple Blossom

A majority of the shrubs were still flowering although a few, like the Forsythia, had already finished their display of yellow. I’m not sure what this shrub below was called but the flowers were pretty.

Below is a blossom from a Yellow Magnolia. The Pink Magnolias had all dropped their flowers, but the yellow ones still had a few blooms hanging on.

Just as I was about to get some glorious shots of a huge bed of tulips, my camera battery went dead. And I didn’t bring a spare. So that was the end of my photography for the morning. Be assured the remaining plants were beautiful, I just can’t show them to you.

Where’s Weekend Birding?

Weekend Birding has its own post today because I wanted to highlight a spectacular Bald Eagle’s nest instead of my photos. The nest had three eggs which hatched last week and live streaming video of the eaglets is available 24/7.


Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce at At Home With Books. Visit her blog to see more great photos or add your own.

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  1. Louise / Apr 7 2012 2:29 am

    Beautiful pictures as always. I’m sure your walk in the garden must have been lovely, even if your battery ran out. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a yellow magnolia here in Australia- we have lovely white and purple ones though.


  2. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Apr 7 2012 6:12 am

    I love the budding trees. So pretty, ours are starting as well.


  3. Kay / Apr 7 2012 6:20 am

    Those flowers are truly gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us!


  4. Trish / Apr 7 2012 6:26 am

    Those are beautiful! The crabapple blossoms especially. Ours are just starting but probably still a week or so behind.


  5. laurelrainsnow / Apr 7 2012 7:31 am

    I do love beautiful flowering trees. Ours came early this year, too, and now many of the blooms have blown all over the grounds due to our recent winds. There are still plenty left on the trees, though.

    Thanks for sharing!



  6. rubyport / Apr 7 2012 7:44 am

    Very springy! Those are great shots — even though the flowers are white, there’s a lot of variation and life in them.


  7. sagustocox / Apr 7 2012 8:06 am



  8. BermudaOnion / Apr 7 2012 8:24 am

    Spring has sprung! Our day lilies will be blooming any day now.


  9. mostraum / Apr 7 2012 8:31 am

    Wonderful flower shots, and I love the bokeh effect in the first one.


  10. Vicki / Apr 7 2012 8:36 am



  11. Sheila (Book Journey) / Apr 7 2012 9:04 am

    Sp pretty – I cant wait! Still a little early here for us to be getting flowers, but I love all the color.


  12. gautami tripathy / Apr 7 2012 9:27 am


    Here is my Saturday Snapshot post!


  13. Susan / Apr 7 2012 9:53 am

    I can almost hear the bees buzzing! So pretty!


  14. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / Apr 7 2012 10:52 am

    I wished their flowering lasted longer! They are so beautiful.


  15. Alyce (@AtHomeWithBooks) / Apr 7 2012 11:30 am

    Those are beautiful! We’ve had a late spring here, and the tulips are barely sprouting.


  16. Amy Peveto (@AmyPeveto) / Apr 7 2012 11:30 am

    Lots of flower photos this week. I love it! Magnolias are one of my favorites — they smell so good.

    Here’s my Saturday Snapshot.


  17. wldmtngrl / Apr 7 2012 12:21 pm

    Absolutely stunning photography. Think apple blossoms are my favorite. You’re inspiring me to ride check out Apple Hill.


  18. Suko / Apr 7 2012 12:24 pm

    Lovely, lovely photos–taken just in the nick of time (before the battery died!). Now off to see the eagle’s nest!!


  19. Paulita / Apr 7 2012 2:21 pm

    Lovely close up shots. We watched “The Big Year” the other night. I’m sure you’ve heard of it since your a birder. We loved it and it inspired us to learn more about birds. Here’s Mine


  20. dyane / Apr 7 2012 3:39 pm

    so nice to see you guys are so far ahead of us the snow is melting here


  21. Cathy / Apr 8 2012 1:19 am

    I love your photo of the crabapple blossoms!


  22. Amused By Books (@amusedbybooks) / Apr 8 2012 11:47 am

    Looks like springtime, so pretty!


  23. Marie / Apr 9 2012 5:20 pm

    Gorgeous shots! I especially love colouring and DOF on the first one.


  24. Carol / Apr 11 2012 1:42 pm

    Beautiful. We have a crabapple tree beside our driveway. I love when it blooms.


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