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April 4, 2013
Contributed Photo by Paul and Mary Meredith

Baby bonnets, a small tree commonly found on the Rio Grande River plains, starts blooming shortly after New Year's, and continues to bloom here in Victoria well into April. Individual flowers are tiny, less than -inch across. But because the tree produces so many blooms, it looks like it has pinkish frosting on it for several weeks in winter and spring. Early-emerging insects find it an excellent source of nutrition and small winter birds pluck its flowers and eat them.

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