Saturday Snapshot: Tree Walk
As a bird watcher I spend a lot of time looking at trees because that’s where most of the birds are. And besides, I like trees. This week I read and reviewed a wonderful book about trees called, simply enough, Seeing Trees. It’s a beautiful combination of facts and photography.
Coincidentally I had the opportunity to go on a Tree Walk. I had to drop off some photos for a photography contest at the visitor’s center at my favorite nature park and I saw a notice that there was a free tour of the tree trail that same morning. I timed my delivery so I could attend the walk. The tour was conducted by the head forester and was a fascinating two hours.
The photo on the right is a huge maple tree near the entrance to the park. Most of the maples and elms still had their leaves and were beautifully colored. About half the trees, such as the oaks, had already dropped most of their leaves but a few trees were hanging on to some greenery. It made for an interesting contrast.
I couldn’t spend a few hours looking at trees without also watching the birds. The tree in the photo below was filled with robins enjoying a snack of berries. In the autumn robins leave the backyards and form large flocks at the woodland edge. They will migrate short distances to where ever they can find food.
This bird looks like a young female robin. The pale colors indicate female and the white spots in the crown and breast hint at young, maybe second year bird.
This is probably going to be the last warm(ish) weekend of the year for the Chicago area so I’m going to grab my camera and go for a walk this afternoon. Anyone care to join me? Virtually, that is!