One of the earliest Spring-blooming trees here in Vicksburg is the Bradford Pear Tree, and this time of year, the trees are covered with beautiful white blossoms which appear before the leaves emerge.
I took the following two pictures a couple of weeks ago when the buds were just emerging.
It didn't take them long to look like this:
As glorious as they are from a distance, I discovered that their crowning glory is found deep within their delicate flowers. I couldn't believe my eyes when I looked through the lens to get a close up view of one of the blossoms.
I hope you will click on these pictures to see the details of these exquisite flowers. I love the little heart-shaped purple centers ...
I hope you enjoyed seeing the inner beauty of a Bradford Pear tree blossom as much as I enjoyed discovering it and capturing it with my camera. During the next few weeks I hope to capture more of God's glory hidden deep within His glorious Spring flowers and trees.
Follow-up: I'd like to share a comment my blogging friend Rachel made about this post. For those of you who don't know her, I hope you will treat yourself to a visit to her blog, Lawn Tea. Rachel has a God-given talent when it comes to writing. Born and raised in Mississippi, but now living "North of the Mason-Dixon Line," I've often told her that she writes with a Southern accent. Here is her eloquent comment about Bradford Pear Trees and their blossoms:
What a splendid display on a cloudy Monday morning!
A bright and cheery prospect for the whole week, with all the sweet blossoms, and the pristine majesty of the whole tree. The lawnful down the block won't be ready for a couple of weeks, I imagine, but we stroll to peek almost every day.
Your peachy little buds last week were tightly-furled little blooms, each cluster like the bouquet of an avant-garde bride, with unbloomed peonies of exotic names imported from Belgium or some other flowery location. These this week were the open, lush blooms of a Southern wedding, with welcoming tents and big bowls of lemonade and Sweet Tea, sweeps of green lawn, and a lavish hand with the hospitality.
How I DO go on, when something captures my imagination as do your photos. Every time. A friend told me once that I'm the original "oceans in a drop of water," person. And OH, the oceans you convey!
Isn't that lovely! And here is a link to a beautiful post Rachel wrote for Lawn Tea, in which she elaborates on the beauty of pear blossoms ... Blooming Bouquets.
When you visit Rachel, please tell her I sent you.