After my walk around the neighborhood this morning I decided to walk into my backyard and explore a bit. There are a couple of tall trees at the back of my yard, just on the other side of a fence that has been here since the land was a farm before it was turned into a subdivision in the mid-90’s. I’ve watched the leaves turn marvelously yellow every October but that’s about all. I hadn’t even noticed there were TWO of them.
Today I decided I wanted to learn the tree’s name. With some help from a friend, I learned it’s a tulip poplar. I was confused to learn it has beautiful flowers though. Mine have never flowered. That is, I have never noticed. As I read more, I learned that they can take 15 years before they bloom, and when they do, it’s often high up in the branches, hard to see. Then I found some photos of various features of the tulip poplar and realized I actually had seen evidence of it having bloomed. I’ve seen the seed pod before! I think I even photographed it a year or two ago. At the time I didn’t even realize it was the same tree I’d been admiring for its beautiful yellow leaves every October.
I went out again this evening with my DSLR to photograph my tulip poplars in the sunset light.
I found a creature hanging out on this stem.
I pointed my camera straight up but you can’t get a good sense of the trees’ height this way.
So I walked away from them until I could fit them — and the edge of my house for comparison — into my camera lens. They’re not the trees in the foreground but the tallest greenest trees just on the other side of the back fence you can barely see.
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