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Copyright: Jennifer Gaenzle (warhorse) (6)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05
Categories: Trees
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-09-29 16:55
Viewed: 3928
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I loved the look of the moss covering this white birch tree. In Maine, with the wet springs, the moss covers everything it can get it's roots on. We were wandering in the woods behind the town of Milo, and came across this area of red cedar trees that hadn't been touched in years, they were so big I couldn't put my arms around them. This birch was nestled in amoung them.

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Nice subject. The white burch stands out nicely from the background. Looks like a nice forest.



WOW!!! Welcome to TN. This is a very cool pic, I love the play of light and shadows. The colors are also very good. Thanks for sharing.

  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2007-12-09 3:40]

Nice shot of the moss, but the tree does not look like any white birch I've ever seen. The linear features ("grain") of the bark are vertical, like most non-birch trees in Maine. Bark of the white birch (also called paper birch) has circumferential "grain" with no longitudinal features visible on the surface of intact trees. This is reflected by the underlying structure- when you peel the bark, it comes off like strips of paper wrapped around the trunk. I suspect the whiteness shown is actually some kind of fungus or perhaps lichen covering the bark (any mycologists out there who can ID this?).

For white/paper birch description and pic see


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