Thursday, October 30, 2008

White Mulberry

I went back to the Mulberry to ID it. It was not easy for me to find. I found it on the third attempt. I enjoy walking through these woods but it was interesting to see how hard it was to find this tree.

This leaf might causes me to think this tree is a red Mulberry.

My thinking was this was a Red Mulberry. But it turns out to be a White Mulberry. Why?

Red Mulberry White Mulberry
Leaf hairy beneath Leaf- not harry beneath
even base uneven bases
buds greenish brown dark borders Buds red brown
Bark red brown smooth ridges Bark Yellow brown bark

The uneven base of this leaf might cause me to think this is a Red Mulberry.

Psalm 5:3
"In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;
In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch."

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

River Bottom Woods

Hiking along a stretch of woods by the Missouri river I came across this multi stem Mulberry. I was not sure what kind of Mulberry it was. I later went back looking for the tree and could not find it. I will try again from the same direction I did the first time.

Later on my hike I came across these Silver maples. I do not remember seeing any of these along this stretch of river. There are plenty of Box elder maple to be seen, I was surprised to see these.

Looking down at the river there is a patch of Black willow. This is the only tree sized willow that grows around here. Willow is the only tree growing along this stretch of river. It can withstand more flooding than most trees.

Ezekiel 17:5
" 'He took some of the seed of your land and put it in fertile soil. He planted it like a willow by abundant water,

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tall Paw Paw in Fall Color

Driving on a back road I saw these Paw paw in Fall color. I don't usually see Paw paw this tall. They usually grow under other trees.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Recap, News and Blogs

Body Soul and Spirit blog had a good article on Simplicity. She added quotes and they were great.

Here is an interesting group of ideas on solitude.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Katy Trail and Solitude

I was told about this old rock quarry east of Clifton City. I enjoyed walking around this area. I would like to return.

I ride a bicycle for many reasons. Solitude is one of them.

A man prayed, and at first he thought that prayer was talking. But he became more quiet until in the end he realized that prayer is listening.
Soren Kierkegaard

In contemporary society our Adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry, and crowds.
Richard J. Foster

Loneliness is inner emptiness. Solitude is inner fulfillment.
Richard J. Foster

"In the early morning, while it was still dark Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there." Mark 1:35
"But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray." Luke 5:16

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fall Ash Tree

I noticed this tree driving by in the morning at work. The morning sun was on the tree and the color was extra brilliant.

Psalm 72:17
"May his name endure forever;May his name increase as long as the sun shines;And let men bless themselves by him; Let all nations call him blessed."

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

Fall Color of Sugar Maples

I took these photos of Sugar Maples. The small tree on the right I took a close up of the leaves in the photo below.

Again here is a photo above of maple and the leaves of that tree below.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Recap, News and Blogs

C'mon Let's Plant a Tree has interesting articles on tree planting. They also have interesting nature paintings.

Here is a blog, called Rurality, with game camera photos of armadillo.

Here is a site on American Impressionism. Some very well done art work.

I was browsing trees, if you please and I saw the book "The Tree" by Colin Tudge.
I looked it up at my library and I will check it out to read. After going to the library I realized I checked this book out and was bogged down reading it. I came across another book on the shelf next to it called, "Trees: Their Natural History" by Peter Thomas

God's Wonderful Creation blog has a sweet group of star fish.

The Wanderin' Weeta blog has a good entry on Snow geese. "Snow Geese! Thousands of Snow Geese!"

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Katy Trail North of Sedelia

Photos from my Katy Trail ride N of Sedelia.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Bitternut Hickory Turns Early

I ran into this bitternut hickory October 11th. It was one of the first trees to turn this year.

If you click on this photo you will see the distictive bud that makes this tree a Bitternut hickory.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Black Oak

In the Missouri Ozarks, Short leaf pine was logged out between 1890 and 1920. Scarlett oak and Black oak moved into replace the pine. Now these trees are in decline and government agencies are making an effort to replace the oak with pine.

I came across this tree while I was riding the Katy Trail. I had stopped and locked my bike to a tree and walked into the woods. The hike brought me up a hill which winded me. I was already tired because of the long ride on my bicycle.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Black Oak Bark

The bark is more blocky than other oaks. Red oaks have more streaky bark while White oaks have more flaky bark. Older Bur oak has blocky bark but its leaves are distinctive.

Black oak is more drought tolerant than Northern red oak and about the same as White oak.

A lot of regeneration after clear cutting are sprouts from stumps or damaged advance regeneration. Sprouts will grow fast because of the large root system they have to draw from.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Black Oak Leaf

Black oak grows best in moist well drained soils but because of competition it dews better in clay dry hillsides.

The tree is a persistent sprouter.

Black oak is distinguished from Scarlet by having angled buds where scarlet does not. And Black oak has hairy end buds and Northern red oak does not. The bark of black oak is dark and blocky.

Isaiah 61:3
"To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified."

Monday, October 13, 2008

Black Oak Tree

The double tree that makes a V is the Black oak.

Black oak Quercus velutina

It will grow up to 70' tall
It has a relative short live span of less than 120 years.

Back oak is not used as an ornamental because of its slow growth and lack of fall color.

Black oak on upland dry sites usually is of poor quality. 1/3rd of the Black oak is canceled out of commercial quality because of fire scars or bug infestation damage from branch stubs.

Black oak begins to produce seeds about age 20. Best production of seeds are between the ages of 40 to 75.

Insects, squirrels, deer turkey, small rodents, and birds consume many of the acorns.

To compete successfully in a new stand the advance regeneration of Black oak should be at least 4-5' tall.

Acorns germinate in the spring. Best conditions are when seed is in contact with our covered by soil, with a light layer of litter over them.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Recap, News & Other Blogs

American Forests has an interesting Youtube video, called:
Nature and the Human Network in the Piedmont Crescent. 9:55

Weather looks favorable for autumn color.

Interesting article how Beetles use a fungus to their advantage.

An interesting book called "Between Earth and Sky" is blogged here. I have not read the book but am thinking about it. The ultimate objective of the book is to instill a sense of mindfulness about the importance of trees and forests – the lungs of our Earth.

Another book on my wish list is "The Urban Tree Book"
by Arthur Plotnik

I have some posts coming up this week on Black oak. After writing and studying about this tree I will be more aware of it and will be keeping an eye out for more of them.

I enjoyed my study of Bald cypress. Not living where these trees naturally grow hinders my ability to get good photographs but it is a unique tree.

Here is the best article of the week. 10,000 Trees blog has an article called "
The 12 Most Magnificent Trees in the World" Largest tree, tallest tree, biggest spread of a tree, the oldest tree. etc.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Crowley's Ridge

Crowley's ridge that runs from the boot heal of Missouri down the eastern side of Arkansas. From Commerce Missouri to Helena Arkansas. Around this ridge is flat floodplain farmland.

The Mississippi and Ohio rivers left a ridge between them before they merged eons ago. The ridge has collecting windblown loess and sediments.

The ridge rises above the Mississippi flood pain from 200 to 500 feet. In width it varies from a 1/2 a mile to 12 miles wide.

The plants along the ride are similar to that found in the Appalachian Mountains.
Plant types are:
Old growth beech trees
Yellow popular
Acid seeps
The Malden Prairie is located in this area.

When I think of areas like this, I am glad that something of the past remains. Man search for riches sometimes pass by unique areas. Just as Crowley's ridge was spared by the torrent of the mighty Mississippi, so there are areas of our life needing a touch from God.

Proverbs 11:4
"Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
But righteousness delivers from death."

Friday, October 10, 2008

Bald Cypress

The large base of the tree and extensive root system stabilize the tree even in hurricane winds.

The tree can stand down to avg 0f minimum - 34F minimum this temp the seeds will not mature.

Usually successful Bald cypress trees will start in open areas. Threes will germinate in the under story but need releasing ( removal of over topped trees ) for quality growth.

Old growth Bald cypress wood is very resistant to rot. For this reason the wood is called “wood everlasting.” Fences boat planking garden boxes are a few of the uses of this wood. 2nd growth trees do not have this quality . The decay resistance in the heartwood is not there and it is not known what conditions this develops.

Psalm 103:5

"Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle."

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Bald Cypress

Photo showing the preponderance of Bald cypress cones.

Bald cypress will sprout from stumps but most of these will not survive. Reliance on stump sprouts is a poor way to rely on regeneration. Rot form the stump will effect the sprout. Sprouting can still

Sprouting can still happen from stumps up to 200 years old.

Zechariah 11:2"Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, Because the glorious trees have been destroyed;Wail, O oaks of Bashan for the impenetrable forest has come down."

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Bald Cypress

Bald cypress will sprout from stumps but most of these will not survive. Reliance on stump sprouts is a poor way to rely on regeneration. Rot form the stump will effect the sprout. Sprouting can still

Sprouting can still happen from stumps up to 200 years old.

The biggest tree of Bald cypress is The Senator in Florida near Orlando.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Bald Cypress

Photos of Bald cypress cones. 20 to 40 seeds are on each cone.

After germination part of the crown must remain above water. Also the tree is intolerant and needs sunlight.

Swamp grown trees can grow up to 30” their first year.

The bark is dark brown and reddish sherdy strips. Trunks have a large base.

Growth rings are deceptive giving a false age because of putting on 2 rings a year.

Full grown in 200 years largest trees 140” dia 150' tall in virgin stands . Current national champion 205 dia 85 feet tall. Trees in South Carolina been found to be living for 1200 years.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Bald Cypress

Planted Bald cypress will develop a tap root and naturally seeded cypress will have several designated roots. Knees come off of roots varying in size from just a few centimeters to 12' Large knees will be prevalent in areas that flood. Ornamental trees sometimes produce small knees.

Song of Solomon 1:17
"The beams of our houses are cedars,
Our rafters, cypresses."