Greenbelt in 2012

A photo blog about Greenbelt, Maryland in its 75th anniversary year


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March 10

Spring is here and daffodils are blooming everywhere. I have wanted to photograph them for a few days but it has been windy. On Saturday morning, the wind finally died down and I set out with my camera in Old Greenbelt.

Southway entrance, near the BP gas station

Daffodil is the common English name of the genus Narcissus. In Greek mythology, a youth named Narcissus was so enamored with his own reflection in a pool of water that he fell into the water trying to embrace it and drowned.

Witch hazel, near the BP gas station

Pansies, Southway median strip, south of Ridge Road

Southway median

Winter jasmine, Southway median. This shrub is native to China and its Chinese name, Ying Chun, means literally “Welcome Spring.”

Southway median, between Ridge and Crescent Road

Hyacinth by the Municipal Building. In Greek mythology, Hyacinth was a youth loved by the god Apollo. He was throwing discus with Apollo when he was struck by it and died. He became a flower.

By the War Memorial

Saucer magnolia at Roosevelt Center

New Deal Café parking lot

Aquatic and Fitness Center parking lot. It is 8 am on a Saturday morning and the place is still empty.

Star magnolia by the Municipal Building

The flags of the United States, State of Maryland, City of Greenbelt, and Tree City USA from Arbor Day Foundation

White star magnolia

By the Municipal Building

For each daffodil flower, the center trumpet is called corona and it is surrounded by six floral leaves (three petals and three sepals) called the perianth. Here the corona and perianth have different colors.

By the Community Center

In front of the Community Center

Pink star magnolia, by the Community Center

In front of the Public Library

In front of Mishkan Torah at Ridge Road and Westway


Written by eric

March 12, 2012 at 8:00 am

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  1. Beautiful post, Eric! When the daffodils in my front yard started budding on New Year’s Day, I was afraid that they would die before they bloomed and there’d be no daffodils this year. The opposite has been true. I think our mild winter has caused them to bloom early and to stay in bloom longer because we haven’t yet hit average spring temperatures.


    March 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

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