Published August 15, 2016
Tags: plants, Staten Island, trees
Sassafras albidum drupe on its pedicel. Such sassy colors!
This should be eaten by a bird, the single seed within spread elsewhere, hopefully to germinate into one of these lovely three-leaf-type trees.
This wonderfully aromatic plant–from the roots to the leaves–was long used by Native Americans for medicinal purposes. It was also one of the major colonial exports back to Europe, for it was reputed to work on the pox! (It didn’t, but what-evs.) In addition, it was the original source for root beer, since banned as carcinogenic, and filé powder. To paraphrase a certain spider, “Some Tree!”
Published August 14, 2016
Tags: elm, Sunset Park, trees
An overcast view of the great elm during this week’s sweltering heat. The leaves are dark, dark green now. That’s the gilded city of Oz to the distant right. (Don’t forget you can click on these images to get larger versions.)
Published July 22, 2016
Tags: Green-Wood, trees
When I spotted Brian Nash Gill’s Woodcut recently, I was intrigued. A few days later I came across this character-laden stump in Green-Wood.
Of course, this isn’t a print, it’s just a picture with the “Noir” filter on my iPhone camera.
The intensity of summer green is settling in on our elm tree. A man was whacking his martial arts stick against the low-slung branch. I suppose I would eventually call 911 if it fell on him.
Published May 21, 2016
Tags: Brooklyn, trees
Published May 20, 2016
Tags: Brooklyn, Green-Wood, trees