Regular readers of Greenbenchramblings will be very aware of my love of Birch trees in all their many guises. In this post I shall highlight our native Betula pendula.
The texture of its silvered bark metamorphoses as it ages from a smooth shining silver to a pattern of deeply fissured elephant skin.
Our native Birch is a relatively short-lived tree so within any mixed woodland fallen specimens litter the ground. They will slowly dissolve away through the actions of the tiniest creatures and a multitude of fungi.
Perhaps the best way to finish off this series of photos of my favourite trees, the Birches, is with a set of pictures of groups of them standing like cold sentinels.
6 replies on “Birches in Winter”
I love them and the white birch tree, Betula papyrifera, is the state tree of New Hampshire. Sadly for all of us, my grandson is quite allergic to birch pollen so I enjoy your posts and the beauty of the clump across the road from our property.
Papyrifera is a true beauty. Those long catkins are a real treat. Malc
Your pictures are beautiful! I don’t have an Birch trees, so thank you for sharing these pictures!
Birches just call out to me whenever I have camera to hand! Malc
One of my fave trees too!