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The creek carries all kinds of things.

Here are so many fleeting flowers from a large-leafed and showily inflorescent catalpa tree somewhere upstream.

Whether from the northern or southern species, I’m not sure.    Each tree is native to the southeastern U.S., named for the Native American Catawba tribe of the Carolinas, and now naturalized in PA along low-lying moist woods such as ours. 

Beside its leaves and flowers, you might recognize a catalpa for its long, slender seed pods, and perhaps know it better as the Indian-bean or cigar tree.

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