National Arbor Day 2016

In the Spring season my arboriculture activities tend to be a function of the weather: I prefer to prune trees when it’s cold, before the sap flows, and plant trees when the soil is “workable”. These types of activities are officially recognized and celebrated on National Arbor Day, which is the last Friday in April in this geographic region.

This year my “poster tree” for Arbor Day is a massive, open grown sycamore. American Sycamore grows naturally in flood plains and bottomlands. It, and numerous cultivars and hybrids, are also cultivated in landscapes where there is sufficient space for a very large, deciduous tree.

 

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Photo by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

A Walk in the Park: Oxbow Falls

It’s early Spring and everything is alive and fresh in the morning sun. Let’s take a hike. The destination is a small, local park and the goals are bubbling brooks, tumbling waters, a small wildflower called Hepatica (that I often miss because it blooms so early)…. and anything else of interest!

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Hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba; the common white variety)

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Hepatica

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Hepatica (H. acutiloba; the uncommon blue variety)

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Trillium, Red (also Wake-robin, Birthroot or Purple; Trillium erectum)

Trail’s end. That’s all … for now!

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Woodland Details

So many irons in the fire – fox dens, beaver lodges, blue birds, wildflowers – but so little happening! When things are slow and Mother Nature isn’t cooperating, I often resort to macros. They fill the void, capturing and illuminating unseen beauty.

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American Beech leaf, long dead but refusing to fall

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Strands of moss suspended from a fallen tree limb

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A cute and curious chippy, confused over the cold weather and its hibernation schedule

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Random Images of an Icy Spring

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Balsam Fir on a cold, snowy morning

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House Finch

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Cottontail in a cold rain, looking for supplemental feed; nest somewhere nearby

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Cottontail response to the rising sun: retreat cover

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Goldfinches, molting into their breeding plumage

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