Most of us feel that baby animals are cute, but I think baby trees are just as endearing. The way that they put out their leaves so bravely they seem to me like such harbingers of hope for the future. What is a more intoxicating sign of Spring than when a tree blossoms for the first time? This little cherry tree is part of an orchard on a property owned by my husband and I. This Spring was it’s very first bloom. Like a baby’s first words, it was a moment that lifted my heart and inspired me to set up my paintbox.