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Amazing Aspens

 Education week on the Buckalew Blog...

 

This is a Politic Free Zone

I am angry, baffled, saddened, scared, and in mourning...

I'm afraid I am simply not prepared to discuss - for I have no words...

Thank you for understanding

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Quaking Aspens are often confused with birch trees.  Although aspen are somewhat

similar in appearance to some species of birch, birch trees belong to an entirely

different family of trees. Birch are famous for having bark that peels back like paper;

Aspen bark does not peel. 

 

The other aspect of their lifestyle that makes them unique is that beneath

the thin white outer bark is a thin photosynthetic green layer that allows the

plant to synthesize sugars and keep growing even during the winter when

all other deciduous trees go into dormancy. This green layer of the bark

makes it survival food for deer and elk during hard winters.

 

photoblog image Fall in Flagstaff

 

Amazing Aspens

 Education week on the Buckalew Blog...

 

This is a Politic Free Zone

I am angry, baffled, saddened, scared, and in mourning...

I'm afraid I am simply not prepared to discuss - for I have no words...

Thank you for understanding

***************

Quaking Aspens are often confused with birch trees.  Although aspen are somewhat

similar in appearance to some species of birch, birch trees belong to an entirely

different family of trees. Birch are famous for having bark that peels back like paper;

Aspen bark does not peel. 

 

The other aspect of their lifestyle that makes them unique is that beneath

the thin white outer bark is a thin photosynthetic green layer that allows the

plant to synthesize sugars and keep growing even during the winter when

all other deciduous trees go into dormancy. This green layer of the bark

makes it survival food for deer and elk during hard winters.

 

photoblog image Fall in Flagstaff

 

comments (18)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 11 Nov 2016, 00:58
Sur le tronc, on dirait un œil.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes, Martine!! That's where the branches self slough... they look like eyes!
You forgot to mention the eyes....smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I did... but now you have! smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Nov 2016, 04:05
I am not familiar with Aspens, Elizabeth, but am finding your descriptions interesting.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They're really remarkable trees, Ray - and beautiful!
Quite a nice story so very well illustrated Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you kindly, Richard!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Nov 2016, 06:35
A lovely image, I like what seems like an eye in the bark of the tree
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Aren't those "eye's" great!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Nov 2016, 07:07
a wonderfully calming image after the last days - I understand you well ...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Philine! And... thank you!
Des arbres que j'aime vraiment beaucoup !
Merci
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you - they are really beautiful!
You can see why they might get confused with Birch.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes, indeed!
Like an all-seeing eye Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They're everywhere in an Aspen forest... could be eerie if they weren't so cool!
It makes good food for young calves too. The parents don't eat it but the babies do. They keep the perimeter of the field clear of them that way.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes, I imagine!!
this is a fine shot, Elizabeth. love the colours, especially the blue soaking through.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Ayush !
This is indeed one very clever plant isn't it.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is!!! smile
i love both your coloured and b&w images of these majestic trees Elizabeth...
they may not be in the same family but they sure look like the Birch trees around our place... except the Aspens grow much taller....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Peter!! They do look a lot alike!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Nov 2016, 19:10
I have learned such a lot over the last few days Elizabeth, thank you! That photosynthetic layer is fascinating, who would have thought!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You're very welcome, Anne!! Thank you for attending!
I have enjoyed looking back at the aspen series, so interesting to learn these facts, I do know the tree with the constant movement and sounds from the leaves
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Martin! I'm pleased you learned a little something - as it's up your alley of interest!
Retirement to the Lake District beckons, Elizabeth smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It does, Tom... You've no idea how much of a possibility this is. I'll wait and watch over the next 9 months or so. I do not want to leave my beloved country, Arizona or Flagstaff. But will...
No need to discuss... beauty like this brings peace...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Larry!
I'm so pleased, then!
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 19 Nov 2016, 22:18
You really have way with light !!

Yes I agree on the politic free zone. Wish the TV had one, too. I'm watching old movies.

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