Sunday, March 17, 2013

Quaking Aspen Branch Scars

Populus tremuloides – Scars Left After Branch Removal

Populus tremuloides – Scars Left After Branch RemovalPopulus tremuloides – Scars Left After Branch Removal

These photos of Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) were taken in the Grove section of the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. We were struck by the oddness of the collar scars left after branch removal. Some scars look like eyes complete with eyebrows and bags under the eyes. The eyebrows are the branch bark ridges and the bags are the branch collars.

Left: Populus tremuloides – Branches, Right: Scars Left After Branch Removal
Populus tremuloides – BranchesScars Left After Branch Removal

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