I’m not sure if this damage is from the dreaded ash borer — or if this is an ash tree, for the matter — or some other insect. They’ve made a lot of progress on this poor tree over the last couple years. I thought I”d just slowly document its demise like the ghoul I am.
These are the rest of the pictures I wanted to share from yesterday’s visit to one of my favorite places, the forested area behind my parents’ house.
The long foretold heatwave arrived today, meaning it was about 40 degrees outside. I observed the occasion by taking pictures down by the river. A neighbor kid of mine was playing outside in a wife beater. I don’t know who he thought he was kidding, but I know we all shared his general sense of elation at a reprieve from the polar vortex, if not his wild overestimation of the temperature and trumped-up sense of machismo.
I have a lot of pictures from today to sort through and plan to post them in increments throughout the week.
I went camping a couple weeks ago. I went four hours away to take all the kinds of pictures I like to take, just in a different setting. What are the pictures I like to take? Pictures of leaves, duh.
These are my camera shots. Later I’ll update with the ones from my phone. Pumpkin pictures coming at some point, too.
As promised the other day, loving close-ups of birch bark. Because it’s so beautiful and graphic and flaky and jagged and smooth and speckled and interesting. I mean, it’s white. It pretty much forces you to look at it. A lot of bark looks pretty much alike. NOT BIRCH BARK.
Well, the lawn is getting leafier and the trees increasingly leafless. These trends may be related; it is too soon to tell.
I was so excited about the weather yesterday, I took something like 37,000 pictures. Here are a few more that I liked. This post is all about trees and leaves. You know, like 80% of this blog.