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Redbud tree blossoming

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How about the pink and blue of a blossoming redbud tree
(Cercis canadensis var. texensis) against a clear sky?
I photographed this one about an hour southeast
of Austin in Smithville on March 6th.

© 2020 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 15, 2020 at 4:43 PM

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  1. Beautiful colours and composition.


    March 15, 2020 at 5:05 PM

  2. Very beautiful, Steve!

    Lavinia Ross

    March 15, 2020 at 5:05 PM

  3. Beautiful 💕

  4. These are fantastic spring blooming trees. Beautiful.

    Steve Gingold

    March 15, 2020 at 6:23 PM

  5. My heart is bleeding while viewing your redbud tree blossoming, Steve. The bleeding hearts in our flower garden will not be out for another two months. So sad! – 6 C this morning with a nasty wind chill.

    Peter Klopp

    March 15, 2020 at 6:34 PM

    • As long as it’s not real bleeding. Texas is indeed a couple of months ahead of you for many blooming things.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 15, 2020 at 9:03 PM

  6. Your centering of the text is interesting. In a sense, it makes the text a part of the image: a little ‘pot’ that serves to hold the leaning tree. The colors are wonderful. Lucky you, to have those blue skies to set off the deep pink of the flowers. I’ve seen a few blooming around here, but nothing this spectacular.


    March 16, 2020 at 5:01 AM

    • I’ve been fooling around with centered text for the last year or so. Sometimes it’s to avoid the last few words ending up by themselves at the end of a full-width paragraph. In this case, I like the little ‘pot’ that happened to get created by the way I broke up the two sentences.

      I’d’ve thought you’d have similarly good redbud blossoms in your area, what with Smithville lying a third of the way from Austin to Houston.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 16, 2020 at 10:58 AM

  7. Ooh, that bright pink against the blue sky. So nice. So spring!


    March 16, 2020 at 8:34 AM

  8. Ours don’t look like that – yet. And as it’s quite grey and overcast, I can’t take such brilliant pictures either.
    Stay well,


    March 16, 2020 at 9:46 AM

  9. There seem to be many cultivars (or varieties) of that species. When I studied it in school, we learned it only as the Eastern redbud. ‘Forest Pansy’ might not have been invented yet. (I am none too keen on that one anyway.) This species is more popular here than the native Western redbud, Cercis occidentalis.


    March 16, 2020 at 6:15 PM

    • The redbud shown here was growing in a highway median, so for all I know, it could be a cultivar. I’m glad you mentioned the western redbud, which I hadn’t heard of but have now looked up:


      Steve Schwartzman

      March 16, 2020 at 10:14 PM

      • It really is pretty too, but is different. It is a brighter purplish pink. (I don’t know the name of that color.) It is shrubbier, rather than a small tree. In landscape situations, it lives less than twenty years. That should not be a problem if a seedling is allowed to replace it, but so-called ‘gardeners’ just shear them into a hateful hot mess, and pull up all the seedlings that could replace it before death. It lives longer in the wild, but still does not live long. It is so pretty up on the steep coastal hills. I used to see them in bloom on Highway 41 between Atascadero and Morro Bay. I like the Eastern redbud too because it is so elegant, and happens to be the state tree of Oklahoma!


        March 16, 2020 at 11:00 PM

        • It’s good that you have the western species. Maybe someday I’ll see it up on those steep coastal hills.

          Steve Schwartzman

          March 17, 2020 at 6:39 AM

          • Most of the time, they are invisible among the other vegetation. When they bloom, the color looks artificial.


            March 18, 2020 at 10:15 AM

  10. Spring in Texas seems to be in full swing, Steve. Our daffodils have pushed through the ground, but the buds haven’t opened yet. Otherwise, the vegetation is still rather monochrome. The differences in latitude and altitude are quite pronounced (you are about 860 miles farther south, and nearly 2,000 feet lower).


    March 16, 2020 at 10:30 PM

    • Latitude and altitude: you said it. Even with our advantages for an early start, things have generally been slower to get going this year due to cool weather and not much rain. We seem to set for at best an average spring rather than the fabulous one that I documented a little south of Austin last year.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 17, 2020 at 6:42 AM

  11. How about it! Wonderful I would say 👏


    March 18, 2020 at 1:34 AM

  12. Ahhh, Redbuds! They’re so pretty and it’s so interesting, the way the flowers cling to the sides of the branches. When I lived in NY there was one at the bottom of a big hill could see from a window and I used to think it was like coral underwater.


    March 20, 2020 at 8:09 PM

    • Now that’s a unique image: a redbud like coral underwater. Happy swimming through memories.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 21, 2020 at 5:03 AM

  13. Pretty. These can be difficult to photograph because they tend to sprawl. Can’t wait for mine to bloom!


    April 6, 2020 at 8:21 AM

    • You may be able to tell from my tight cropping that this one was much wider. In fact, most of the pictures I took were horizontal. I settled on showing this one because it emphasizes the density of the blossoms.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 6, 2020 at 8:45 AM

      • Yes, I thought so. It is a dilemma because the wide-flung horizontal limbs are a big part of this tree’s charm, and yet to get the full impact of the flowers you must lose that.


        April 7, 2020 at 7:22 AM

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