Red -- Only female American Holly trees grow the iconic red berries in the winter. Male trees, always nearby, lack them.
Along the barrier islands of North Carolina, storms regularly inundate the shoreline, undercutting and killing trees, which then fall into the sound. The actual shore shifts back and forth as erosion takes its toll. In some areas, fewer and fewer trees remain, as high water has become common enough that they can't get a foothold.
Quick show of hands, who has ever picked a pawpaw? Did you know you could? I mean, Baloo, the bear, sings about them in Disney's adaptation of The Jungle Book, but have you ever stopped to think about just what it is he's talking about? In the tropics, a pawpaw is a papaya - the…Read more When You Pick a Pawpaw…
Nature isn't easy - this limb was wracked by wind and weather (including ice) high on a mountain in the central Appalachian mountains. It's a testament to strength and flexibility. This is posted in response to the Daily Post's Weekly Photo Challenge - "Twisted". See more entries here. Get Out There Troy http://www.flying-squirrel.org
Black Locusts are often thought of as "trash trees", covered with thorns, growing on waste ground and forest edges. This time of year though, they're beautiful, profusely flowering with sweet smelling white blooms (flowers that are, by the way, edible)!
As a kid, I was taught that dogwood flowers were symbolic of the crucifiction. A crown of thorns in the middle of the cross, and blood stains on each petal. They're a little late for Easter this year!
Spring is finally here! Eastern redbuds are in full bloom, and the dogwoods are not far behind. This is posted partially in response to the Daily Post's Weekly Photo Challenge - "Prolific". See other submissions here.
Trees in the forest are in constant competition with each other, growing higher, spreading farther, to catch more sunlight than their neighbors. Different species have adapted to different conditions, and the resulting variety of shapes and types is easily overlooked. They've all found a way to live together. This is posted in response to the…Read more Variety Underfoot
Evergreen trees come equipped with a snow force field.
It's been a busy week, and I blame my kids. Every night, I've got something going on that revolves around THEIR social life, up to and including tonight, where I have to go see "The Last Jedi" - and I would totally not be doing that if it weren't for them (OK, complete sarcasm here,…Read more First Snow
This week's photo challenge was a tricky one - how to portray change and transformation in a single shot. Where water meets land, there is an uneasy truce. Tides, storms, and the wind-driven waves are constantly altering the shoreline. It's not often visible in a given moment, but this tree bears witness. After years of…Read more Transforming
Trees that grow high on mountainsides live a rough life. Constantly battered by wind, rain, snow and ice, they are stunted in height, bent, and broken. This log bears silent testimony to endurance, and the adage that sometimes you have to bend if you don't want to break. Photo Credit - Lynn Abbott This post…Read more Gnarled and Twisted