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Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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arctangent
Dec 28, 2020 6:01 PM CST
Basically birches

If one birch tree is pretty, an entire grove of them is magical. I focused on the bases of the trees in this grove, with no two alike, but still creating a theme of vertical or nearly vertical white strokes against a darker background. Seen at Hidden Lake Gardens.

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Here's the full shot.

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Name: Johannian
The Black Hills, SD (Zone 5b)
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Johannian
Dec 28, 2020 6:03 PM CST
One of my favorite banners so far, Elizabeth. How wonderfully beautiful these trees are, and you took the picture perfectly.

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Name: Margie
NY (Zone 7a)
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Dec 28, 2020 6:18 PM CST
I planted two Whitespire birch trees this past summer. I love your banner - beautiful! You made my day.
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Dec 28, 2020 6:24 PM CST
Great banner Elizabeth!
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Name: Maggie
Western New York (Zone 5b)
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DeerXing
Dec 28, 2020 6:40 PM CST
Beautiful. Tender thoughts of my father, long gone now. He made book covers from the bark of fallen birch trees in Michigan. Birches thrive in groves. Happy New Year to you in A2, my childhood home. Acorns are for oaks, but have one on me, anyway!
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Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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lauriemorningglory
Dec 28, 2020 6:41 PM CST
Wonderful banner, Elizabeth! Excellent Thumbs up
Name: Kristi
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pod
Dec 28, 2020 6:55 PM CST
Very unique slice of the photo. What is not to like!?!! Thumbs up
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Fleur569
Dec 28, 2020 9:45 PM CST
What an array of forest art composes this banner; your photographic capture of one more of Mother Nature's magnificent creations, the Birch Tree. Love the banner!
Name: Stan
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GaNinFl
Dec 29, 2020 6:46 AM CST
Thumbs up Thumbs up for a terrific slice, Elizabeth!
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Name: Moggs
Lilburn, GA (Zone 7b)
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mmolyson
Dec 29, 2020 8:58 AM CST
Thank you for the beautiful picture. We don't have this species here. I also appreciate the cropping lesson, I'm still learning; it made the image so much stronger!
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Dec 29, 2020 12:48 PM CST
"Magical" banner, Elizabeth! Thumbs up

Great composition, contrasting colors & forms. Makes me want to get
closer, go exploring. Smiling

Do you have any more of the grove & closeups of the bark?

DeerXing said:Beautiful. Tender thoughts of my father, long gone now. He made book covers from the bark of fallen birch trees in Michigan. Birches thrive in groves. Happy New Year to you in A2, my childhood home. Acorns are for oaks, but have one on me, anyway!

Birch bark book covers....very cool. Hope you have some. Smiling
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Name: Maggie
Western New York (Zone 5b)
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DeerXing
Dec 29, 2020 3:03 PM CST
EscondidoCal said:

Birch bark book covers....very cool. Hope you have some. Smiling
What is "A2"?

No, I don't have any. As I recall, the books he covered with birch bark were very small. Not particularly stellar pieces of literature, either.

A2 = Ann Arbor, Michigan

Thanks for asking, Cal!




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Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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arctangent
Dec 30, 2020 8:16 AM CST
Here's a visual thank you for all the Thumbs up 's and Acorn 's and most especially for the kind words about this banner. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

@EscondidoCal should be careful what he wishes for when he enquires
"Do you have any more of the grove & closeups of the bark? "

On the day I took the photo that produced the banner, I didn't walk among those trees and photograph them up close. I did find one photo that shows a couple of the clumps of trees in more detail (see below). Other comments people made helped me realize a) many people live where birch trees don't thrive, so they haven't had the pleasure of becoming familiar with them, and b) those who have lived with them have fond memories of those experiences. Nearly every local arboretum and botanical garden has at least one birch grove, so I'm lucky in that regard. Here are some photos I dug out of my archives.

First, the aforementioned shot of a couple of tree clumps from the featured grove

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In a neighboring grove there's a good example of tree inosculation. Basically it's a form of conjoining or self-grafting that happens when tree trunks/limbs maintain prolonged contact. (Read more here, if interested. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...)



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Most people think of the bark of paper birch or canoe birch trees, which these are, as peeling. In my experience of these trees, more of them don't peel than do. But here's of shot of that phenomenon, taken on a frosty December morning, when the rising sun was beginning to melt the frost.

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Another aspect of birch bark is it's ability to host moss and lichen, and here are a couple of examples of that.

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And finally, a shot of a vista at Hidden Lake Gardens that is overlooked by a large characterful birch. Birches aren't especially long lived, so seeing one this massive (for a birch) is a treat. The color in the distance, if you're curious, is from crabapple trees in bloom.

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Thanks again, @Johannian, @MargieNY, @crawgarden, @DeerXing, @lauriemorningglory, @pod, @Fleur569, @GaNinFl, @mmolyson, and @EscondidoCal for taking the time to share your thoughts about this banner. Because it shows a place I love to visit, it's special to me.
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Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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lauriemorningglory
Dec 30, 2020 2:36 PM CST
Elizabeth, Looks like a beautiful place to visit---love your birch and bench image: just the kind of place I would stop and relax. Smiling
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Dec 30, 2020 2:57 PM CST
Whoa! Thanks, Elizabeth! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
Awesome photography! Thumbs up
What a treat.
Especially the peeling bark, and lichens! Just beautiful. Smiling
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Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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lauriemorningglory
Dec 30, 2020 3:27 PM CST
Cal, did you mean to give those 7 acorns to me? or to Elizabeth? Hilarious! I can transfer them to her!
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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lauriemorningglory
Dec 30, 2020 3:35 PM CST
Ooops, just gave you another 14 acorns Elizabeth! Hilarious!
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Dec 30, 2020 4:27 PM CST
lauriemorningglory said:Cal, did you mean to give those 7 acorns to me? or to Elizabeth? Hilarious! I can transfer them to her!

Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
That's too funny!
Yes, thanks, they were meant for Elizabeth. D'Oh!
Saw-reeee. *Blush*


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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Dec 30, 2020 4:30 PM CST
lauriemorningglory said:Ooops, just gave you another 14 acorns Elizabeth! Hilarious!

Thanks for a good laugh! Hilarious!

Learn & create something every day.
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Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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arctangent
Dec 30, 2020 6:54 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Cal and Laurie. Can we just take it as read that some unspecified number of acorns were intended for me and move on? I would just try to pass them on to others if I did have them, so whomever received them can now do that for me. Smiling
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