When trees start budding, they turn yellow green. Leaves are not yet big, so they don't cast heavy shade. Walk in the early spring woods. It's airy and bright. I see a red bridge up a small stream. Ah, what a wonderous place to be! This is a real place--a Virgina native plant trail in the Green Spring Gardens Park in Alexandria, VA. I haunt the park in early spring, which has always been my favorite time of the year.