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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-08
Categories: Trees
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-24 12:19
Viewed: 4025
Points: 16
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I believe these are paper birch trees. I think they are the same as ones I planted in my front yard. Oh boy!! I wonder if mine are planning on getting this tall!!


Paper Birch
Betula papyrifera
Betulaceae -- Birch family
-- Research by L. 0. Safford, John C. Bjorkbom, and John C. Zasada

Typical paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera), also called white birch, canoe birch, or silver birch, and the other five intergrading geographical varieties, western paper birch (B. papyrifera var. commutata (Regel) Fern.), mountain paper birch (B. papyrifera var. cordifolia (Regel) Fern.), Kenai birch (B. papyrifera var. kenaica (W. H. Evans) Henry), Alaska paper birch (B. papyrifera var. neoalaskana (Sarg.) Raup), and northwestern paper birch (B. papyrifera var. subcordata (Rydb.) Sarg.) are the most widely distributed birches in North America, mostly in Canada. These medium-sized, fast-growing trees develop best on well-drained, sandy loams on cool moist sites. They are commonly found in the mixed hardwood-conifer forests but may form nearly pure stands where they pioneer areas disturbed by fires or logging. Paper birch is short-lived and rarely lives more than 140 years. Commercially the lumber is used for veneer, pulpwood, and many specialty items. The handsome foliage and showy white bark make the trees attractive for landscaping. They are important browse plants for animals, and the seeds, buds, and bark are also eaten by wildlife.


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Hi Evelynn,
nice POV, good compo and note,

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-05-24 13:24]

Hi Evelynn,

Excellent shot, POV and composition. Beautiful work.


Very good image of these stately trees, barren yet beautiful.

Actually Evelynn, those look to be more like aspens, judging from the bark, but I could be wrong. They both look quite similar. You're sure getting alot of great photos in the BC interior!
Good symetry of tree placement in this photo with the middle tree being the closest, and the others to the left and the right to support the composition.
Nice puffy clouds in behind too.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-24 22:07]

Wonderful composition of this intricate network of branches and twigs. The POV of the white tree trunks definitely give the feel of height. I like the patterns of the clouds in the BG. A very interesting image.
TFS. : )

Beautifully captured, Evelynn. Those converging verticals really make the composition work so well. Dramatic colour contrasts, too.

Hi Evelynn,
Excellent job on the Exposure, not OE points at all and the even the darker spots are still colorfull enough. I love your POV, with the closed tree in the middle and the others nicely angled toward the back. I love the colors in the sky.

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-05-27 21:14]

Ces bouleaux sur fond de ciel bleu et blanc, un peu dramatique même, nous donne cette impression de force qu'est la mère nature. Vous êtes un as de la composition, Evelynn.


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