An inquiring mind wanted to know what the red bits near the bottom of yesterday's image were. They are staminate red maple flowers, done with their work and fallen. Here we have the pistillate flowers, showing us one reason this is red maple. Red maple is colorful and faster growing than hard maples, so it turns up often in cultivation. It can be used for maple sugar, but the hard maples are preferred for that. Red grows in a variety of habitats, but is the most common swamp maple. It grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL. GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Jackson Co MI, 3/17/12.