There were some really cool "cups" sitting throughout the tree, and as I walked over, I realized the tree was FULL of them. I had to run inside to get the camera and capture this awesomeness. I had no idea!
I asked my husband what these were, and he rolled his eyes not believing that I didn't already know this. I'll admit - I didn't spend a ton of time in the backyard gazing at the tree before I had the pool! Once he explained that we also have them in the front yard, I got to Googling and learned that these are Yellow Poplar trees, aka Tulip Trees, and that the flowers only bloom in late May/early June - so I just happened to catch them at the right moment!
This tree was covered - they're already starting to shrink up - and for the rest of that day, I just floated and stared! It's hard to see in the picture below, but with this view alone, I counted 47.
What pleasant surprises have you had in a place you've lived?