The same buds that I photographed just a few days ago and now peeling back their skins and showing their tender folded petals.

And while some trees are still quite dormant, others are popping out little leaf buds, red with new life.

It seems amazing that the bright green of a leaf is concealed inside such a red bud. Red and green are complementary colours. Artists learn to create a vibration by placing red and green next to each other. These buds must be vibrating with joy at their imminent release.

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
 Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
 And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
 rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
 ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘The Sensitive Plant’