I have lived in the Sierra for 33 years, and I have always been thrilled when seeing the first buckeyes popping out in early spring. The leaves come out so fast that I have never caught that moment I have enjoyed for so many years. The bare branches of these small trees often have wonderful patterns that I have photographed during the winter months. See one such image on mine on the OP site: The Digital Deluge.
I have been wanting to capture that sense of early spring that I have seen and felt every spring for so long. The timing for this image was critical – early enough in the budding process to still see the branch patterns and also see the full, radiating shapes of the leaves. On Tuesday morning, on my Morning Light run, I think I captured the moment.