I had a few minutes to spare before a shoot yesterday evening, so I took a short drive on some side roads near the Red River. It didn’t take long until I came across fields upon fields of the kinds of trees that are sold all over the streets of the capital during Tet, or the Lunar New Year. I wish I knew their names. They have long thin branches that sprout upwards with small pink red crepe blossoms. A girl working in one of the fields told me that it was best for them to have a lot of buds but not many sprouts. I guess it’s luckiest if they produce their flowers once they’re brought home.