Here are the three latest postings to our Photo Gallery.
Katharine Boyle sent a group of photos of some of the labyrinth stones at the Arboretum, saying in her email, “Enclosed are some images from my longer jaunt at the arboretum on November 23. I was admiring the beautifully-painted rocks at the labyrinth and photographed the ones that resonated with me. “
Frequent contributor, Katharine Boyle, sent these nice pictures with a brief note: “Enclosed are some images from my short time at the arboretum on November 20. It was quite cold and windy, not ideal for me with my macro lens. But, it made for a few “impressionistic” images.”
It was a cool and cloudy day at the Arboretum. I found an interesting Echinops ritro (Globe Thistle) seed head in the bed by the Scherer Pavillion and a beautiful Euonymus fortunei cv. Variegatus (Wintercreeper Euonymus) climbing up a tree across from the Waterwise Deck; an opened fruit, nestled among the crisp green and white leaves.
A young Beech (Fagus spp) sits under larger trees next to the bus parking area, while stubbornly holding on to its browned leaves. This is a phenomenon known as marcescence, and can be seen in other trees as well, such as Oaks and Hornbeams. The thinking is that retaining leaves until spring could be a means of slowing the decomposition of the leaves (they would rot faster if on the ground) and that dropping them in spring delivers organic material at a time when it is most needed by the growing tree. Isn’t Mother Nature wonderful?
Picture credits: Margery Ennist.