Extending at sharp angles over Little Crum Creek, a couple of scrappy-looking boxelder trees cling to their crumbling banks.

One arches like a wineberry cane–its end tipping the water–while the other stretches toward the sky.

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Each of these maples creates luxuriant chandeliers of male flowers from mid-March through early April.

And just now, spring leaves are quickly succeeding the increasingly stringy blooms.100_9748edcropA100_9829edcropA
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