Monday, January 19, 2015

Ever Green Here



I'm not saying there are not a variety of deciduous trees in our neck of the woods by displaying today's mosaics. What I am saying is that I do so love evergreens!

Several weeks ago, while participating in a hike at Goodwin State Forest,
I was introduced to many trees that I never knew anything about.  Towering above me as I followed the trail and our leader, I found myself looking up more often than down.

 Leaning against the smooth, gray bark of the American Beech (top right), Emma told us that they are sometimes known as "the ghosts of the forests" because their leaves get lighter and lighter through the Winter.  Hence, they have earned the name "Ghosts."



And when I did look down, again I discovered "new" evergreens...
Partridge Berry (a non-climbing vine with edible red berries, although rather tasteless)
Spotted Wintergreen (a wild edible and medicinal plant) Partridge Vine.



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Oh, one more thing.
Eagles like evergreens too.
Did you spot the eagle?

22 comments:

eileeninmd said...

I like the evergreens, they are very pretty in the winter.. The partridge berry is new to me. Wonderful mosaic and photos.. Have a happy week!

Ann said...

I've always liked evergreens. Love the shots looking up in to those tall trees.

Buttons said...

Oh our farm has lots of Beech trees I love their smooth bark. Oh what fun. Hug B

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Sounds like you had a great hike. Love the mosaics.

Delores said...

I looked and looked but I couldn't see it. Even used the magnifying glass. Darn.

Mary Hone said...

Great shots. Evergreens are always so nice. I especially like the way they smell.

Felicia Price said...

Very pretty pictures!

Carolyn said...

Great shots!

Carolyn

Sandra said...

love those trees and that partridge berry is beautiful to

Pamela Gordon said...

I think I see the eagle in the top of the tall fir, or is it a pine, tree. There are many varieties of trees that I don't recognize still but I do know we have beech trees here and I like how there rusty leaves hang on most of the winter. There is a lot of life on the forest floor to look at too.

Country Wife said...

Very nice

Donna said...

My garden and area is the opposite with many more deciduous trees...I do need to add more evergreens.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I love outdoor educational hikes like these and I've been on one to learn of the trees in a neighbouring forrest tract. Can't say I've retained everything I learned about ID from the bark though - must be my age. :-)
Well, I see something in the tree, not sure if it's an eagle or a fairy. You asked!
Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday JP.

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm a big fan of evergreens too, especially in winter!

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

hey, when you say that eagles like evergreens, you mean landing & setting down in them? i saw one this weekend. so pretty. ( :

Felicia said...

beautiful images.

nope sorry didn't see the eagle.

Blondie's Journal said...

What a great hike. I enjoyed the photos. Our area is called Evergreen Park..and you can just imagine. So pretty in the winter when so many other bushes and trees go to sleep. And SO many varieties. I never lack for greenery to cut and bring indoors.

Love that you get those pedicures. Haven't yet at this new place and they even serve wine! I'd nod off for sure :)

Jane x

ladyfi said...

Evergreens are lovely - a splash of colour in the winter too.

MTWaggin said...

What a fun hike to get to take and since I'm surrounded by evergreens I guess I should appreciate them more!

bettyl-NZ said...

Sounds like you learned a lot! I have given up on naming trees and plants--I just enjoy them and give them a nickname :)

Rambling Woods said...

I love them too and you made wonderful mosaics with them.... Michelle

Florence said...

Don't you just love to go out for a walk with someone who really knows the flora and fauna of the area!! Books are wonderful but there is nothing like being there listening to a knowledgeable person.
Love the evergreens too.

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