Emerging Leaves

Bigleaf Maple leaves, emerging from their leaf buds, are surrounded by spent blooms. Interestingly, a flower bud is actually a modified leaf. Some flower buds may be fruit buds as the flower will result in a fruit. Mixed buds contain both the immature leaf structure and flower parts. Leaf buds are often more plump and pointed than flower buds. The flowers appear first because these trees are wind-pollinated. If the leaves were out first the pollen would not easily be dispersed.

EF200-400mm + 1.4x @ 560mm; f/5.6 @ 1/40 sec, ISO 100