Signs of spring are everywhere. The Swamp Maples catch my eye during the fruit stage (shown here). Flowers appear after fruit maturation which attracts insects. According to Friends of the Louisiana State Arboretum, birds and small mammals eat the seeds, buds, flowers and saplings. The flowers are a valuable pollen source for insects. Wood ducks are known to rest in tree cavities. We have several of these around our neighborhood, and likewise, driving along the interstate, their bright red fruit is eye-catching. I liked this particular tree, just down the street from me, because of the Spanish Moss.
105mm | f/8 | ISO 640 | 1/2500
Canon M50 Mirrorless