Maples flower. Some better than others. I have for some time come to recognize Red Maples for their subtlety.
Red Maples have a tenderness that I don't associate with any other maples. I believe this characteristic comes through in the thin bark, finer textures, softer leaves - all structures probably that develop along with it typically inhabiting wetter sites and habitats.
I don't talk or write about The Big Trees very often. The city gardens I tend to work on often don't have the space for more than a small tree. But The Big Trees are very much a part of the city and the worlds we share.
I have been trying to photograph the qualities of a Red Maple in spring flower for some time. The above is the best I have done.