Saturday, 11 July 2009

Saturday Photo: Not April, Not Paris, But Chestnuts Nevertheless

The song says: "April in Paris, Chestnuts in blossom..."

It's a lovely song, although when I've been in Paris in May the chestnuts were in full flower, somewhat later than the old standard would indicate. In Montreal the flowering period is late May and early June, certainly.

Between then and the fall when the chestnuts themselves fall to the ground, I've never paid much attention to what is happening in the trees. But last week I walked across the Van Horne viaduct (from which you get some great views of the mountain) and discovered myself eye to eye, so to speak with a chestnut growing down below. The branches were covered with young chestnuts, their spiny covering looking almost soft in their innocence.

And if you'd like to hear a great rendition of the song:

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