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arbutus glow

arbutus glow
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Copyright: John Berger (diverjohn) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 44 N: 96] (750)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-15
Categories: Trees
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-08 17:36
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Arbutus trees (called Madrona in USA) feature thin bark which peels away to let the tree grow.
Their red outer layer reveals a yellow-green skin beneath, fresh with nutrients and sap. Soon it too will wither to brick-red and split away.
Arbutus tolerate salt water enough to give it an advantage over other trees. As well, they never grow straight for more than a few feet, and you'll see their crooked trunks leaning away from the rest of the forest, gathering sunlight along the sea shores.

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