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Daily Artworks... my continuing challenge for 2015: Observe and record. Record and observe. And stretch - s-t-r-e-t-c-h - myself.
What will I discover?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Birches and their Neighbors - Day 19

Tamarack Cones in Winter

A String of Orange Cones  
- colorful winter decorations  

Tamarack, larch, juniper, hackmatack, whatever you call it, this tree is a botanical wonder.
It is an conifer but it loses its needles in winter. It replenishes its chlorophyll every year in new leaves just like a deciduous tree. It looks like its cousins, the evergreens, but really it isn't one.

Tamarack wood is sturdy and workable for everything from shipbuilding to snowshoes. The inner and outer bark, the needles and the sap provide medicines. The roots are strong for weaving baskets. The tender new shoots and the inner bark are good to eat.

And this tree is attractive year round. In spring and summer, its needles are soft and smooth, in fall, they take on a luminous yellow color, and in winter, the tamarack's branches and cones show the complex structure of the tree.


Barbara Martin (@Reptitude) said...

Are those snowflakes?! In the air? On the cones? This is so exquisitely focused -- I want to reach into the photo and turn the branch around so I can see their little fronts.

Mavis said...

Yes, snowflakes, with a slight motion blur. I've been waiting to get just a tiny dusting on these miniature cones - they are only the size of your thumbnail. Next time, tripod!

Barbara Martin (@Reptitude) said...

The motion blur is terrific! I wouldn't change a thing!


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