In San Francisco, February has brought the Lunar New Year, announced by snapping firecrackers, and also — given our mild climate — the gift of blossoming trees. Plum trees are most plentiful in this month, lining streets and gathered in parks. In time, their white/pink blossoms float down, blow in petaled eddies, and collect on plants and sidewalks.
I was at Stow Lake on Valentine’s weekend and captured this image of plum petals on leaves.
The following day, running errands, I saw what at first glance seemed more petals drifted together by the sidewalk. But I was struck and puzzled by their vibrant red color. Was this some variety or tree unfamiliar to me?
I stooped closer and saw that I had been tricked. Not petals. No: these were the shredded remains of firecrackers.