On the 1st of each month, I've been taking a picture of the big tree in my backyard.
In the past month, as spring unfurled in the surrounding garden, the tree began to join in the celebration. At first, it had dark red buds. They have fallen all over the backyard and now the tree has small dark green leaves that will slowly grow bigger in the coming month. On this chilly morning, I could sit outside and drink my cup of coffee as the sun shone through the branches. But within the month those leaves will grow and shade the back deck and a good portion of the backyard. I'm looking forward to sitting outside under the shade of the tree. But on this cool morning, the sun was welcome.