My parents have always had a special place for nature in their hearts. Wherever they have lived in the past there was sure to be a well-kept garden, as well as many an indoor plant. So it is no surprise that when my dad passed a few years ago, my mom planted a tree to enhance our memory of him. She chose a Japanese maple, a fairly young one with a lot of character. I am sure I have a few pictures of this pretty tree scattered throughout this site. Of course mom pays special attention to the tree’s care. Today, she noticed that tree was flowering … a little to her surprise. This is not something we have noticed in the past. It could be that we simply did not notice, or maybe the tree was just not mature enough before. In either case, it was worth getting the camera out … and it seemed the macro lens was called for. Enjoy!