After surviving all these many years, one begins to think you know all there is to know, that you are too old to learn, or there just isn’t anything new to learn. I try not to think that way about myself, and yesterday I proved the value of an open mind — I found something entirely new to me! Actually, I must credit my husband with the find, but it was new to him, too.
We have a couple Scotch pine trees in our yard; one is 35 or so years old, the other a few years younger. While working in the yard, my husband noticed something unusual on the ends of some of the lower branches. Usually, this is what we see this time of year.
But this is what we found on one of the trees yesterday.
An online friend has identified this as the blossom. I suppose they do not last very long, but I’ll have to check that fact out as the days pass.
Yesterday was indeed a day of discovery!