Tag Archives: trees

Shining Sycamore

American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

It was really nice to see the sun today. My sycamore seemed to glow.

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Bald Cypress Cone Hunting

I want to grow a few bald cypress’ for my yard next spring,
so we went cone hunting Saturday.
The bald cypress is so named because it is one of the few cypress’
that loose their leaves in the fall

My source tree. Lovely orange fall color- though most of the leaves are gone.
This tree is loaded – no climbing though, tons of cones were already on the ground.
Cones are small and sticky, smelling strongly of turpentine. Seeds are the amber colored chunks inside the broken cone.
I think I got enough – maybe…

I’ll plant them now, letting winter do the stratifying for me and have little saplings by spring!

Chain Saw Sculpture

Today we went to Starved Rock Lodge to look for fall foliage.
There were bits of color here and there but not much to speak of yet.
So instead I’ll share some chainsaw sculptures carved out of dead trees trunks.

Theses are all still rooted in the ground