One of My Favorite Shady Spots

This is the view from one of my favorite shady spots, under a birch tree.







bare Mimosa Tree

I often like to photograph this Mimosa tree.  But I think it is beautiful even when it has no green or blooms.   The structure of the tree itself I think is really nice.  Unfortunately there is no good angle to photograph it as a whole, and not get the power lines in the photo.  Oh well…

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Front deck

I took all of the Rhododendron photos from here, on the front deck.

The deck was covered in maple seeds from the huge maple tree.
I don’t spend nearly as much time out here as I would like to.  My health issues keep me inside far too much.
Most of my photo taking is done in short trips outside.  When I was healthier I would spend almost all of my time outside.  I miss the things I used to be able to do, more than words could ever say.  If there is something you want to do, you should do it while you can, because you never know what tomorrow might hold.

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Hole in tree

I’m still watching this new hole in the tree.  There doesn’t seem to be much going on (that I can see) but it does seem to have a little more carved out of it than the last time I looked.  So I hope to keep an eye on it.  If nothing uses it this year, I have a feeling that something will by next year for sure.

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Sycamore seed pod

It’s not often that I see these Sycamore tree seed pods completely intact.  Typically the fall from so high, knocks them open.


Edited August 2010 to add:  Apparently search engines love this page.  That’s cool.  I mean what blogger wouldn’t like that?  And apparently more people search for Sycamore tree seed pods than I would have ever imagined.  But recently I’ve noticed that search engines have been sending people here almost daily that searched for “Maple tree seeds”, or “maple tree seed pods”.  I am not sure why.  So after seeing this for weeks I thought I’d try to help a little.

If you came here searching for Maple tree seed pods then let me help direct you to the correct location: You can go to the top of the page, hover over “Photo Categories”, then “Plants”, then “Trees”, then click on “Maple Trees”.  There you will find any current and future posts that I categorize on Maple trees and their seeds.  I do have them.  But this is a Sycamore seed pod on this page, not a Maple tree seed pod.  A Maple tree seed pod looks like this.  I hope that helps!

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Maple tree scar

Most people have seen scars on trees.  Someone ties something around them, forgets about it, and before you know it you’ve got a ring around a tree where someone left a wire or a string, etc.  Here’s an example in one of the large maple trees on the property.


What I thought made this interesting, is just how far up it is.
Below is the same tree, wider view, with the damaged ring circled in pink:

It’s pretty far up now, eh?
It makes me wonder which of my family members did it years ago.  If I had to guess, I’d say my grandfather perhaps.  Or maybe my dad, if maple trees grow that fast.  I really don’t know.   I just thought it was neat.  I’ve seen things like that in trees before.  But I don’t believe I’ve ever noticed one up that high.

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