365 Nature – Day 348

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts.


Today I continued my theme from yesterday on Day 347 of looking at trees, but instead of looking down because of the mist, I looked up. Today started dry and cold, but still overcast. As I started on my walk, patches of blue began to show through the clouds and as I looked up I started to appreciate the branches of the deciduous trees now that the leaves have fallen. Like the bark on Day 347, the branches are also diverse and different. The Big-leaf Maples have wide reaching and very thick branches while other trees have branches that are more dainty. Some have branches with few forks while others have many little forks. Some have seeds still attached and others have mosses thick on their branches….

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365 Nature – Day 290

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts.


This afternoon I attended a talk with Peter Wohlleben, the author of The Hidden Life of Trees at Elliott Bay Book Company. We were extremely lucky to get him here as one of only two stops in the US. His book was a bestseller in Germany and fortunately for us, it’s been translated into English and it sounds like a fascinating book.

During the talk, I learned a great many things about trees. Peter talked about his efforts, as a forester, to save a stand of beech trees from being cut down. They ingenuisely made the grove into a burial ground and people were able to purchase a beech tree as their headstone. The urns, which are made out of beech wood, were placed at the base of the trees….

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365 Nature – Day 20

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Today I met Larry Hubbell, author and photographer at the beautiful Union Bay Watch blog and he showed me many locations of nests and roosts of the birds in the Washington Park Arboretum. He is a phenomenal photographer and his posts document the birds of the area in great detail.

After our walk I ventured out and looked at the bark of trees, first…

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The Strahov Monastery Dendrological Library

This was originally published on Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens.

The beautiful Strahov Monastery, which sits on a hill overlooking the city of Prague, was one of my favorite stops when I visited a couple of years ago. While the two ornate libraries are the main attractions (and rightly so, they’re absolutely gorgeous) there is a single bookcase which contains some fascinating books for plant-lovers and the curious. It’s easily overlooked and I suspect missed by the majority of the visitors. I nearly missed it myself until one of the docents pointed it out to me as we stood huddled in the corner by the shelf waiting for tour group mobs to disperse enough to peak inside the Theological Hall. This bookshelf contains the monastery’s dendrological collection or xyloteka, books unlike any other you’re likely to have seen. Each of the 68 volumes feature one Czech tree which was common to the area…

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