So what are these tiny pink flowers? are they maples or elms? I have this image captured, and the tiny red flowers littered the woods this weekend. They were everywhere on the ground. I noticed them, but didn't think to see what tree they came of of. Are they maple? or maybe elm. I'm thinking maple and after looking at several tree identification books, I really don't know - my photo is too close and the tree books don't pay much attention to the flowers. I'll try to go back today and check out the actual tree, bark and all. If you can identify it, let me know in the comment box. Without knowing, I still enjoy the flower. It was such a bright pink, almost red.
I came across another nice pink, but this time it wasn't a flower at all but the bud covering of paw paw leaves. I've taken a range of photos so that you can see how the leaves open. the dark reddish brown flowers will soon follow. The pink bud stood out nicely on this cloudy rainy day. In one of the photos below be sure to notice the hole drilled by ants. You can even see that an ant is present below the hole. I stood and watched as a couple ants entered the hole. They must be hungry for something sweet after a long winter underground.