White Milkweed (Asclepias variegata) – in the process of blooming.
Once a year or so I head up towards West Memphis to visit some folks, and always try to stop by the Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge just north of there. (I don’t always get to – it’s sometimes closed due to flooding.) I have a photo of it in Winter that you can see in this post – and the top photo above is the same location seen in Spring, plus an extra shot that I liked. (Forgive the blown-out clouds – it was a bright afternoon and I exposed for the shadows…)
Way back in Spring of 2008 I took a photo of these two trees at Stout’s Point in Petit Jean State Park. What caught my eye was that one was developing new leaves while the other was still bare. It became one of my favorites in a strange “I can’t explain why I like it, I just do” way. I called it “A Contrast of Trees“.
Eight years later in 2016 I’m at the same place around the same time of year, and I framed a few more shots with a mind to compare them to the old 2008 version. So there’s that same contrast of one with new leaves while the other is bare – but this time it’s the opposite trees that are blooming-or-bare. The tree on the right has leaves in the old 2008 version, and the one on the left has them in this latest take on it.
So it started that the contrast of the two trees caught my eye – and now the contrast of the two versions of the scene add another layer of – you guessed it – contrast.