Posts Tagged 'trees'

You’ve Been Warned

dogwoodThis is a kousa dogwood of some variety, multi-trunked with interesting mottled bark. img_9850They say the fruit is edible. I tried one once. Meh. It was very woodsy.dogwoodooFor some mammals, though, that’s not an issue. Raccoon scat, if I’m not mistaken.

Sunset Park Elm

UlmusOur mighty elm is looking a little worn-out after a long hot summer of chlorophyll. Man, baby carriage, trash can underneath for scale.

There’s just a touch of color in a few leaves yet. Here’s the whole series of portraits of this tree.

UlmusThe cathedral branching.

Sassafras

Sassafras albidumSassafras 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!”

Sunset Park Elm

UlmusAn 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.)

Stump

stumpWhen 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.

Chestnut

 Castanea dentataCastanea dentata.

Sunset Park Elm

UlmusThe 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.


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