Bursting of a Hickory

Bursting Hickory

Bursting Hickory © 2008 Bo Mackison

Shagbark Hickory unfurling its leaves in a colorful splash of red.

Owen Conservation Park in Madison Wisconsin

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  1. Wonderful! I like the colors. 🙂

  2. HeyJules says:

    Love the composition on this one! I keep thinking I need to duck down and get beneath it. I LOVE that!

  3. Wow, that is such an interesting photo! I also love the red coloring!

  4. This one is very intriguing. It seems to be growing out at the same time it is growing in. And the colors and shapes seem to suggest inner turmoil or conflict.

  5. Gandalf says:

    It reminds me of a geyser caught in slow motion or freeze framed.

  6. The colors on this are just captivating. Now there is something I have never seen.

  7. I’ve never seen anything like that before. I think we have hickories all around.

  8. Floodlit says : I absolutely agree with this !

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