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If you look at tree buds of an older tree, a younger tree, the top of the tree or the bottom of the tree, they are all about the same size. Here are some buds from a Sugar Maple:
One tree species commonly found along sandy stretches of Lake Ontario differs greatly by having a large variety of bud sizes:
These are the buds of the Eastern Cottonwood.
The buds are somewhat three-sided:
They are slender and long-pointed:
yellowish-brown and very resinous:
Here are some scenes from Ashbridge’s Bay on this somewhat sunny day, with very high winds and a temperature of 0 degrees.
The snow in the ground was very granular:
As usual at this location, the chickadees were delighted to see us:
We also had good looks at these birds:
Species list: mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, common merganser, lesser scaup, ring-billed gull, black-capped chickadee, brown creeper, ruby-crowned kinglet, northern cardinal. (13 species)
The geese honked overhead
I ran to catch the skein
To watch them as they fled
In a long wavering line.
– May Sarton (1912–95)