I think this tree is a Red Maple....green leaves in summer, but these red "buds" in spring and red/orange leaves in the fall. These buds look so unusual and will become what we used to call "spinners" because they look and twirl like a helicopter blade as they spin to the ground. The spinners have a seed in each and hope to take root wherever they drop. We pull out a lot of little seedlings in the spring. They are so unique on the tree, but a mess on the ground.
And last but not least, this is a cute little violet growing in the grass...I love to see these in the Spring and usually mow over them before I realize they are there. This one, and another, I actually stopped and pulled the grass around them and let them be for now.
This is my nature post for today...haven't done any stitchery this week, but wanted to let everyone know that I am still here and enjoying these 80 degree temps for our weekend!