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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