April 11, 2005

Can this be spring?

In University Heights, here in Madison today, a statue crouches, mournful somehow despite all the blue flowers, and the storybook house cowers within a cage of leafless trees:

Stops on a spring walk. Stops on a spring walk.

Magnolia buds are willing to begin the effort to pop open:

Stops on a spring walk. Stops on a spring walk.

There are assorted floral manifestations of conventional spring prettiness:

Stops on a spring walk. Stops on a spring walk.

And just as I arrive home, I see this chalking -- maybe a child's interpretation of the spring flower or maybe of the sun:

Stops on a spring walk.

5 comments:

lindsey said...

Those are magnolia buds? But they're pink? I thought magnolias were white and quite large.

Ann Althouse said...

They are pink when still budlike. When they fully expand the pinkness will stretch out and they'll seem almost white.

tommy said...

There are some around here that stay pink even when they are in full bloom. The ones I know about are all smaller type trees than the really big magnolias. It's also possible they really aren't magnolias and are just called that.

Tamar said...

This post is simply spectacular!

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks, Tamar!