Monday, August 11, 2014

Black Cherry


When I came upon this tree I noticed the black cherries. Yet many times these are not there. There also is other ID's of this tree that help you.



The wood of Black cherry is second only to Black walnut in value of furniture or paneling.  The problem of Black cherry as you can see by this tree there are not many large trees that have commercial value. Because of this it would be hard to sell these trees.


The bark I photographed here was not prevalent on the whole tree. I found this one spot that had the ID of horizontal lenticles that are characteristic of this species.


Friday, August 08, 2014

Painted Ladies


Painted Ladies butterfly.
This butterfly flew by for our viewing.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

CHINESE ELM Ulmus parvifolia


I have been coming to this park for years. And have walked down this way as I have looked at trees. But I forgot of these trees planted in these 2 rows as you see here. 

I sat down here and took this photo. They are at an angle to the park boundary and the access road to the parking lot. So at a glance they seem to be just some trees planted in the park.

The trees are old now, but in years past was this area used for ceremonies such as weddings or photos? I can envision wedding photos or year book pictures taken here. People may still come to celebrate life here with photos.

As the name implies, these trees are not native to the US. It grows naturally in China, Viet Nam, Japan and Korea.


The fragrance of Chinese elm is unlike other elms, it seems peppery or spicy. The finish of the wood for furniture turns out well with less work than most woods.

Click on the link at the bottom of this post to see the 2010 post I did of these trees from the other end.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Friday, August 01, 2014

Blue-winged Teal

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Got this shot of Blue Winged Teal in June.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

American Coot



These coot run along the water to start flying. After they get airborne they can fly well.

These birds are seen in the water like ducks.

Voice slow low pitched slow grrrr, grrrr, or grrrt or katoot katoot.

When I hunted ducks, I never shot these. I guess they weren't good eating.