Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Pretty Purple Flower Tree

As long as I'm blogging about flowers, I figure I should throw up pictures of this.

I can see two of these trees (what kind of tree is it?) on the grounds of the botanical garden behind Poppelsdorfer Schloss. They're gorgeous.


Monday, April 20, 2009

Where Does the Time Go?

It's been far too long since my last blog post. But it feels like yesterday it was winter and today it is summer. I haven't got a lot of bloggable stuff (although if you are patient, I'm going to Italy at the end of June) but on the recommendation of one of the students I took my bike down Heerstra├če on Sunday and went back to take some pictures today. If I had made it there the weekend before, I'm sure the trees would have been full of giant bunches of flowers and no leaves. That would have been impressive. Still, the piles of falling and fallen petals was pretty neat -- reminiscent of the cherry blossoms in Tokyo, but bright pink and on a small street in Germany.

Look how pink the street is.

And this car is.

And all the piles are ... well, you get the idea.

I tried to get a shot of the petals flying and landing on me, but my camera wasn't cooperative.

These are the same trees I blogged about here, but those trees were little and I didn't realize there was a whole street full of mature trees just across the train tracks.

If anyone knows what kind of tree this is, let me know.