Saturday, 12 May 2018
Saturday Photo: To Ope' Their Trunks the Trees Are Never Seen...
...How Then Do They Put on Their Robes of Green? "
Good question! I always think of that song we sang in my Southern California childhood this time of year in Montreal. Back then there wasn't much seasonal difference in foliage and I remember puzzling about the words. Here, though, the difference is nothing but miraculous.
The photo on the left was taken April 29 a few years ago, and the one on the right, three days later. The great spurt of growth usually comes in the first week in May, when the bare branches a transformed into clouds of yellow green, and then into leafy shade. The change has come a little later this year--leaflets just coming on now because of a week of very cool temperatures--but it is none the less something wonderful.
The last line of the song is: "They Leave Them Out!" Another puzzle, until you realize that it's a pun. Too sophisticated for kids, maybe. Or maybe not...
Posted by Mary Soderstrom