True spring has reached the coast

Comments Vello Keppart
Photos: Arne Ader
Translation: Liis
Maple flowering
Norway maple   Harilik vaher        Acer platanoides
True phenological spring begins with the flowering of maples.
A springtime maple in full flower is a sight worth seeing with its golden-green flowers. When there is even just a little warmth in daytime we also hear the humming of bees from the trees; oblivious of all else they collect both nectar and the greenish pollen. In fair weather a large tree can secrete up to a pail of honey.
Close-up of maple flowers; showing the shiny nectar-secreting disk and the well developed stamens, i e all flowers are male flowers
 Maple leaves appear after the flowering
Maple in flower




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