I snapped this pic of the tree and as soon as I got home I googled it and low and behold! Aesculus carnea, aka Pink Buckeye! I'm getting me one.
Here are some more pics from yesterday that I just had to share because it was such a beautiful day in Silicon Valley.This last one is just weird. In this little rose garden we saw a giant golden bee. I was aiming my camera phone at him when he turned towards me and hovered so that I could get a good picture. It was kind of creepy, actually.Here's the close up. After extensive research I have come to the conclusion that it is a male carpenter bee. Only the female, which is black and shiny, has a stinger. If I had known I would have scooped him up and given him a kiss on his fuzzy little nose.Bz.