This spring's weather discussions which I've heard are about how early everything is happening. Yes, people agree, it's early but how early-two weeks in one location, three weeks in another location and if you live up in the mountains things are "almost a week early". No matter the timetable everyone is happy with the warmer weather and new growth.
Last evening (this Thursday) taken during a windy period just before it rained. I like how the leaves kind of close up before rain. The leaves on this Japanese maple first are a dark copper color which quickly changes to green.
What I like about the leaves changing color is that they first remind me of fall and then suddenly they're green.
Last evening the fading sunlight on the leaves shows they're already beginning to turn green.