These are the flowers of the tobacco tree also known as a cigar tree. The reason they are called cigar trees or tobacco trees is the huge seed pods that come on them in late Summer.
They look like giant cigars. These trees are very common here in the Midwest.
When I was little my cousin and my sister and I tried to smoke the seed pods that looked like cigars. It was awful!
I remember climbing these trees at my aunt's house. She had twin Tobacco trees sitting next to each other and I would pretend I was Tarzan and jump from one to the other. I was the biggest daredevil you ever met. And was as wild as a March hare.
One day, me and my cousin Linnie and my sister were sitting in the Tobacco tree and we were taking the giant leaves and using them to fan ourselves. We were pretty little..And we just sat in that tree for a couple of hours talking about what it was going to be like when we grew up..
I miss times like those. The camaraderie of having close childhood cousins who were also best friends. And I miss how the endless Summer days of our childhood held us close together.
But we grow up and apart..It seems. Forgive my nostalgia..It is just the Summer that does it to me.
P.s i just saw the first fireflies of the season 3 nights ago..I was so excited.
Tonight's song, The Ballad of Billy Jo McKay by Shawn Mullins
1st video, 1st clip
If you have a chance please listen to this. I love it..