Today’s a big overlap because it’s the last weekend of “white” as the Life in Colour challenge and the first day of the new Squares challenge where July’s theme is “trees.” In addition, any day is a FOTD day (Flower of the Day). While I can’t get one photo to meet all these themes, as usual I try not to do multiple posts except on some weekends, so I’m including two photos, the second for Squares.

While hiking through McDowell Preserve during my trip back to Illinois, I came across a bush of what I believe is common ninebark. It might have “common” in the name but a bush covered with these is anything but common to my mind and just right for the last flowers in the “white” challenge.

for Life in Colour: white and Cee’s FOTD

Becky, in her infinite wisdom, has decided the July’s squares will be “trees.” To me, trees usually require a vertical rectangle, but I shall rise above my inclinations to meet her challenge. I’ll start with my original question: (Wh)y trees? 🙂 This is the photographic rendition of that question as seen at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, which I was thankful to learn had been spared, just barely, by one of the recent wildfires, the Telegraph Fire! What a loss that would have been!

for Squares: trees

  1. restlessjo says:

    You rose to both challenges very beautifully, Janet. Have a lovely weekend 🤗💕

  2. Tom says:

    That common ninebark seems very familiar to me, Janet, but the name less so. Not that I know of any alternative, I hasten to add!
    Your Y Tree looks very smart.

  3. Both are lovely images for the challenge, Janet! That’s a cool perspective of the Y tree!

    • Thanks, Deborah. I see you have a post today and I look forward to seeing it later. Friday’s grocery shopping day for both us and my parents’ groceries, and then some cleaning there, so a full morning.

  4. Heyjude says:

    That’s a magnificent flower nothing common about it! And a great first tree. Wild fires cause so much damage. As you say an arboretum would be a huge loss.

  5. susurrus says:

    I hope the tree will manage to hold on. It does look badly burnt.

  6. Marsha says:

    LOL, Janet. Y trees? Indeed. Love the picture and the humor. The flower is gorgeous. Do you still have family in IL? I came from IN, and went back a few years ago with my brother. We don’t have family left, but met with a couple of childhood friends we hadn’t seen for years. I appreciated it so much more going back as an adult. I wish we could get a little of their rain and bring it back to the blistering west. Could you believe 118 a week ago in Canby where Cee lives? Crazy!

    • We don’t have family in IL. I just went back to visit our friends and it was so much fun. We could definitely use some of their rain and the rain I saw and got into during the trip. 118 with that humidity would be even worse then our record-setting heat for last month, at least record-setting in the Phoenix area.

  7. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Just read in NY Times that trees can lower urban temps as much as 10 degrees ℉.
    Loved your Y tree!

    • Yes, trees are certainly desirable, although here in the desert, not anywhere nearly as prolific as in the rest of the country. Glad you enjoyed my Y tree. 🙂


  8. BeckyB says:

    Stunning Janet – honoured to be linked up with so many others, and you are super impressive a square within a circle within a tree, you have not just risen to the challenge you have taken it to the next level 😀

  9. Ally Bean says:

    There are flowers on a ninebark bush?!! I need to have a stern talking to with our ninebark bush. Not one flower ever. What a slacker…

    • I’m pretty sure based on what I found online that it’s a common ninebark. There are other sorts as well but I’m sorry yours isn’t blooming. This one, with many, many flowers, was quite something.

  10. Sue says:

    Very good!

  11. Dan Antion says:

    Very nice work, Janet.

  12. I’ve really enjoyed your white series, and this one is a beauty. The tree is nice too. 🙂

  13. I really love those flowers. They make me think of frilly pillows with all sorts of embroidery and tassels. 🙂

  14. You’re such a clever girl! 🌞

  15. Those white flowers are beautiful, Janet!

  16. Resa says:

    The ninebark flowers are splendid!
    Y is a good question. Do shrubs and bushes count as trees? I could almost see squares there.

  17. Prior... says:

    Hi Janet!
    This is a great thing that this tree was soared from the wildfire! And love the farmed Y.
    Also – the white flowers on that shrub are not normal or usual to me too – so pretty