Saturday, 2 April 2011
My colleague - a keen gardener - came back to work after lunch the other day, enthusing about this tree in Shipley's market square. He was so lavish in his praise that I just had to make a detour on my way home to have a look - and photograph it of course. He was right in saying that it is absolutely laden with blossom - so much so that it reminds me of one of those sticks of pink candyfloss you can buy at funfairs. Isn't it glorious to have this exuberance of natural beauty right in the middle of the shopping centre (an urban desert if ever I saw one)?
With the storm clouds overhead, it might be only a matter of days before the blossom is dashed to the ground with wind and rain, but here it is captured, a lovely reminder of how spring-life suddenly bursts forth from winter. Maybe gardeners would correct me, but it seems a bit counter-intuitive to me that after a long and harsh winter we should have blossom earlier than usual and in such abundance. Still, I'm enjoying it.