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Favorite trees of 2016

This Rosh Hashanah I resolved to make some peace with my “online presence.” My big idea was to identify one tree a day and post a photo of it. Even though I’ve always loved trees, sometime during 2015 I thought, “wow, I don’t know shit about trees” so I started this project. Here are some of the highlights:

#1 – getting back into pine trees (beyond the foliage)

Doing the trees every day, the evergreens slowly emerged from the shadows as the deciduous trees became bare. This modest Japanese red pine (Pinus densiflora) probably sticks out to me as my favorite tree of the year. Dig the little cones up top.



#2 – pitch pines can take the heat (fire dependent) and the cold and dry sandy soil

These pitch pines (Pinus rigida) live in the deciduous forest of mostly oaks and maples near my house. I took these pictures on a very very cold day.


#3 – elm tree from the olden days

I love elm trees. Most elms in the U.S. were killed by Dutch Elm disease, but Central Park is still filled with stunning elms and you can see many in New York City generally. This is a 300-year-old English Elm (Ulmus minor) that lives in Washington Square park. Notice how small the truck looks in comparison.



#4 -birch trees are just always great

Here is a grey birch (Betula populifolia) in a parking lot.