Iowa a blooming, buzzing wonderland in spring

The crab apples are in bloom at Water Works Park in Des Moines. Photo courtesy Laura Stebbins

The American psychologist William James famously imagined what the world must seem like to a newborn, and he supposed “the baby, assailed by eyes, ears, nose, skin, and entrails at once, feels it all as one great blooming, buzzing confusion.”

Springtime in Iowa brings a confusion of blooming and buzzing and not to babies only, with May flowers springing from April showers and creating a feast for the senses.

Soon readers will enjoy, thanks to roving correspondent and random adventurer Laura Stebbins, the beauties of the¬†Ewing Lilac Arboretum and Children’s Forest — Perry residents can also see a profusion of lilacs in the alley north of 11th and Willis — but in the meantime, Stebbins brings us the pinks and whites of the crab apple trees at Water Works Park in Des Moines.


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