Three Trees (from big to little)

Tree Rings Graphic

If you haven’t seen the 7 second video of the giant sequoia tree falling along the Trail of 100 Giants at the Giant Sequoia National Monument in California, definitely check it out!  A German tourist just happen to catch it on video.  This tree with is actually two trees joined at the base is 300 feet tall (now long) and 17 feet in diameter.  It has been around for an estimated 1500 to 2000 years!  Scientists have learned a lot about historical climate with tree rings but wouldn’t it be fascinating if we could actually communicate with trees that old!

Weeping Beech Tree

Today we went for a walk along a nature trail and spent some time under the canopy of a local old tree.  This tree is a Weeping Beech and is about 150 years old.  With its many weeping branches the trunk cannot be seen from a distant and once you are beneath it it feels like you are within a large dome-shaped tent but with a much more interesting view of twisting branches and dappling sun-light.  I would love to have this tree in my backyard it would be the perfect shady space on sunny summer days!

Sassafras Sprout

Along the natural trail, near a pond there was many Sassafras trees.  Sassafras is the source of root beer flavor which you can smell if you crush a leave.  It really smells like root beer!  Also what is interesting about a Sassafras tree is that it has three different shaped leaves, oval, 2 lobed (or mitten shaped), and three lobed.  I wonder why?  Maybe it like variety including asymmetric…  Anyway I pulled a shoot out of the ground to try and grow at home.  I got the root stem but none of the root veins.  I put it in water at home and hopefully it will grow roots and one day I will have a tree in my yard called Mittens…  Stay tuned for updates!

 

Ann

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4 comments

  1. LOVED THIS POST. I LOVE TREES . THEY ARE SO VARIED AND SO INTERESTING. I LOVE ALL THE FORMS THEY TAKE AND THEIR ENVIABLE QUALITIES LIKE ENDURANCE, GRACEFULNESS AND BEAUTY. I LOVE THE WAY VINCENT VAN GOGH PAINTED AND DREW THEM AND I LOVE FINDING TREES THAT LOOK LIKE HIS. I THINK WHAT COULD BE SAID IN PRAISE OF TREES COULD BE ENDLESS. JUST LOVED YOUR BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS OF THE WEEPING BEECH AND THE SASSAFRAS SAPLING. HOPE YOU DO MORE ON TREES AND BIRDS, TWO OF MY FAVORITE THINGS.

    • Sorry it has taken so long to reply to this comment…

      I know and now it is winter and you can see the bark and the shapes of the trees, I drive around and I can’t stop admiring them!

      Thanks for the comment!

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