What’s Wrong With Those Trees?!

So, in case you’ve forgotten what the trees looked like a few weeks ago, here’s a picture to refresh your memory. (Okay, I’ll come clean. This was more than just a few weeks ago. I don’t remember the exact date, but there hasn’t been snow on the ground for several weeks.)

That is the tree/street corner that I've taken pictures of before. Note that the tree looks white. That's snow. (I didn't realize the snow would cling to the branches like that.)

That is the tree/street corner that I’ve taken pictures of before. Note that the tree looks white. That’s snow. (I didn’t realize the snow would cling to the branches like that.)

Today, I opened my window, and I swear over night this happened:

Same trees outside my window. Note the greenish tinge, and the fact that there are little tumory-things all over the branches.

Same trees outside my window. Note the greenish tinge, and the fact that there are little tumory-things all over the branches.

According to my parents, this is what it looks like when trees start to bud. Supposedly they do this in Arizona, too. They just never actually lose all of their old leaves, so it’s harder to see. I’ve seen cacti bud, but it doesn’t look anything like this. Anyway, I’m super excited for Spring, because apparently I’m going to get to see lots of plant-related things that I haven’t seen in ages. Another thing that kind of surprised me was that a couple days ago it was really noisy outside. Well, I realized that the reason for that was that birds were chirping and singing. I hadn’t noticed that over the winter, they quit making so much noise. Or maybe they just flew away all together. Anyway, the birds are singing! The trees are budding! I understand what those words mean now, unlike two years ago when I had to learn them in Armenian! Today (in like, half an hour of typing this) I’m heading over to New Jersey for some sort of possibly Japanese-themed Cherry Blossom picnic/party event. I don’t entirely understand what’s going on, but I was invited so I’m going. I will try to remember to take at least a few pictures while I’m there, but no promises. And then my little mini-break is over. (I’ve been trying to relax a bit since my oral argument Thursday afternoon.) Back to the typical end-of-semester work, plus finding storage and all that.

P.S. I edited this post to add that you should note the fact that in the first picture, the trashcan tops are white. In the second, you can tell that they’re actually green and blue. (Recycling and landfill.) Also, if you want to enlarge any of the pictures I post, just click on them. You should be able to zoom in again by clicking on the picture a second time.

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