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Buds Ahoy!

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I was asked if could produce the bud gallery below as a high resolution poster - it can be
downloaded here  It's an A2  PDF (which is 4 times A4, but the will resize to A3 or A4).






A Hawthorn bud, bursting over the course of two weeks


If buds are an arboreal version of a bird’s egg, then the miniature shoots are the chicks encased in eggshells.  All over patch these embryonic shoots are breaking out.

It’s one big beautiful budburst!

The explosion of fresh green foliage is a such a notable feature of springtime that it’s easy to forget that the buds were products of the previous year’s growing season.

Trees have come up with a clever strategy. As soon as the days start of lengthen, and temperatures rise, conditions for photosynthesising to return  - so  ‘hit the photosynthetic ground running’ – have leaves ready and waiting to burst into the sunlight.




A dissected sycamore bud with extracted leaf. The stem of these condensed shoots is very short and its leaves are packed so tightly th…

Life is great & there's lots of it!

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This a lot of life - where did it come from?
I sometimes find it instructive to look at an area and think what it would like without the living things. In short it would look similar to the dead, rocky surface of the moon.

Life has bestowed upon this, would be, barren surface a green cloak of living organisms. The breathing, growing, reproducing, eating, feeding, singing, scurrying, flying, flowering, beautiful exuberance – that is nature...

…and it all originates in space. Green plants trap the sun’s energy by photosynthesis allowing living things to rearrange atoms on the earth into living structures. These atoms ultimately originated in “The Belly of a Star” - almost every element on Earth was formed at the heart of a star.

I put a video explaining this process in a previous post Wren Song an Echo of the big bang

How were these numbers arrived at?


Birds
I know the numbers of birds on the patch more accurately than any other group as I’ve counted them! So I can say with a reasonable…

Absolutely Barking!

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Bark Poster
A number of people have asked me to produce the bark gallery on the right as a high resolution poster - it can be
downloaded here
It's an A2  PDF (which is 4 times A4, but the will resize to A3 or A4). Featured Posts

Absolutely Barking!
Bark is like almost everything in nature – the more you look the more you see. If you walk through a wood you will, of course, be aware of the trees, but only have a vague sense of the variety of bark. Once you stop to look you’ll see that every tree species has its own kind of bark, and even amongst trees of the same species – no two are alike.

My latest patch project has been to photograph an example of the bark of each of the tree species on the patch – the result being the photos on this page. A quick glance through these is enough to show the range of bark types, colours and textures to be found - as well as their beauty . Some are rough, others smooth, some have vertical fissures others horizontal. Still others are patterned with ridg…