Black Cottonwood Hearts

When my mom comes and visits us, ever since she found out we try to find hearts for Guest Heart Thursday she has been keeping an eye out for hearts, and she, my children, and I have had quite a few happy giggles while watching and searching for hearts together.

Last week I found a heart in the deeply furrowed bark of a black locust tree.  The heart for this week is one my mom found on Monday high up in a black cottonwood tree.  She pointed it out to us, and I took a few pictures. 

It was a rainy, gray day, so that made the colors in the picture rather monochromatic, and I think perhaps that makes it harder to see.  I'm unsure if you will be able to see the heart in the tree.  As far as I know, I'm seeing the same one my mom saw.  Let's see if you can spot it (or maybe you'll find a different one). . . .

zoomed in a little closer to the heart

Did you find it?  In the following picture I marked the place where the heart is. Can you see it now?

Black cottonwood trees are such beautiful trees. And since we're on the subject of hearts and black cottonwood trees, I thought I'd mention that they also sometimes have heart-shaped leaves.  This picture, in such contrast to the pictures above, was taken on a sunny day! What a difference sunlight makes. 

And just because I like cottonwoods so much, here are a couple pictures from last month. . .

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  1. What gorgeous trees! And yes, I saw the heart! And another one in the first picture! I'm so glad you are having so much fun in your heart hunting - I admire you so much!

    Thank you for sharing these gorgeous cottonwood hearts on Guest Heart Thursday!

    P.S. We have always called cottonwood trees "Honey Trees" because to us the new leaves smell like honey. These are some of my very favorite trees.

  2. WOW. I got goosebumps reading your post. marvelous. You and your family are super cool. Love your idea.

    Thank you so much, dear friend.
    Hugs to you and the kids.

  3. What a nice post! Beautiful pics :)

  4. Thank you so much, Clytie, Dani, and Limar! Clytie, that's so neat that you like cottonwood trees, too! I like that name for them -- "honey trees"! I haven't noticed that about their leaves yet and can't wait to check that out next spring. :D

  5. GOOD EYE... catching the heart among the tree branches... TFS


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