Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Mystery Evergreen Tree Trunk

In this image you can see the divergence from the primary trunk near its base. It’s really quite amazing… I’m considering unscrewing the screens from the upstairs windows so I can take a few pictures from that perspective and show you just how awesome this tree looks out the window while I work.

One of the great benefits of having these trees by the house is their marvelous attractiveness for birds. The best is on rainy days, when suddenly a short rain break hits… out rush all sorts of birds, and many of them gravitate to these trees, giving me a close-up view of their marvelous colors and markings!

I'm still inclined to think that this is some type of White pine... but that's still an educated guess. The DCNR describes the Eastern White Pine with some of my trees' characteristics, but does not discuss their over-all growth habit. Clearly more research is in order.


  1. Well... similar. It's moss actually (at least, that's what I believe). It might also be a type of lichen which is a colony of moss and algae (in which case, you’re right on)... I'm particularly good at identifying mosses and lichens, but both often grow in colonies on the bark of trees, and they have a symbiotic relationship with the forest.

    Mosses and lichens add further protection to the outside of the tree. Additionally, mosses and lichens contribute to the forest floor, which, in conjunction with those mosses growing on the forest floor, make the habitat more suitable for growing new plants and trees.

    In turn, mosses and lichens get prime real estate, and benefit from the nutrient rich water run-off along the tree trunks and rotting wood.

  2. oops… I meant to say that I am NOT particularly good with moss/lichen identification. :)

  3. Guess what? I've tagged you for a meme!


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