Changes in the weather can do crazy things!
After a couple of days of snowfall and cold temperatures, I noticed a tree in my backyard that hadn’t been there before.
Actually, it was standing in the exact same place where our Japanese maple had stood only a few days ago.
Was it possible that these cold temps along with the clinging snow had transformed the tree from one species to another?
Yes, that had to be it.
Even after thumbing through all my tree identification books, I was not able to match this tree with any species currently known.
I finally accepted the fact that the changing weather had created a completely new species--and since I was the lucky finder of this amazing new variety, I felt it was only right that I should be the one to name it.
After much thoughtful consideration, I have dubbed it the “Snowjokecotton Tree.”
I feel especially blessed to have found it and photographed it while it bore such a bumper crop of snowjoke cotton balls on its branches.
Okay, so maybe I’m just now fully understanding the true meaning of the terms “cabin fever” or “brainfreeze.”
Like I say, changes in the weather can do crazy things.