Sunday, June 11, 2023

Linden Flowers


It happens the same way every year. I'm outside and I notice a wonderful smell. What is it? I look around and there's a linden tree covered with flowers. The air is full of their smell: bright, floral, sweet, piercing, lemony, honeyed, and delicious. It's happening on my street right now. Click to enlarge.

More linden flower buds about to open.

Here is the same tree in winter. And here is a haiku by Kobayashi Issa to consider while appreciating the scent of linden flowers: 

still I see them 

how they were ...

bare winter trees

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