|NUMEROUS INDIVIDUAL RED MAPLE FLOWERS IN A CLUSTER...|
|...ARE QUITE EFFECTIVE IN MASS|
We went to Duluth yesterday for a doctor's appointment and the shipping season has started, with grain ships, the big lakers, being loaded from mammoth waterfront silos. Took a few photos while crossing the bridge but they didn't turn out.
For most of the past half century I have considered the flowering of the red maple (Acer rubrum) as the earliest true harbinger of spring. There is a red maple on Manypenny avenue and 8th St. that I watch daily for it to bloom, and yesterday was the day the buds opened. Pollen is not yet being shed, so flowers are not quite at anthesis, but I'll take it.
Red maple bloom time can vary quite a bit from year to year with the spring weather; April 17 in 2015, May 13 in 2014.