The apple and crabapple trees (malus sp.) were in full this past week at the university's arboretum, and in our front yard. When the blossoms fall, I get a sense of how conquering emperors might have felt walking down a path strewn with flower petals.
(Reposted from 2011 for Arbor Day 2014).
Two more nice examples from the arboretum, and an accelerated blossom loss at home after prolonged rains this year: