Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Return of the Tree

Back on Friday, April the 4th, I wrote a post titled If This Tree Could Talk ... and included the following picture that I took while standing underneath a tree that stands in front of the Norton Alumni Gym on the Norwich Free Academy campus where Amanda attends high school.

tree on NFA campusIn the post I had stated "I'd be willing to bet that by the time Amanda's next concert rolls around, you wouldn't be able to see a bit of the sky through the branches which will then be covered with leaves. I'll have to remember to check it out in May." It's obviously May and tonight was Amanda's next concert so before it started I took a walk over to the tree and took this picture while standing underneath it -

I was almost right as there is very little sky to be seen now that the leaves have all popped out and covered the branches so I'm going to say that I won that bet with myself. While taking the picture I couldn't remember the exact angle of my previous picture but I think I got pretty close to the one above.

height=This is what the tree looks like from a distance and - trust me - it's HUGE! You can barely see the building it stands in front of it's so BIG! If anyone out there knows trees at all, can you tell me what this one is? It's not a weeping willow, though it looks like one, and I have no clue what it is - other than big!

Stay tuned for a concert post which I'll be doing as soon as I get the video uploaded!

16 comments:

  1. if it's not a weeping willow i have no idea what it is either, but it is a grand old tree!!!

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  2. there was one like it in harry potter....

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  3. this is really great photos

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  4. I would have said a weeping willow, hope you find out what it is I'm interested.

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  5. I used to love to hide out in that tree when the immense population that is NFA would get to me. In fact i had my frist "kiss" there, though im not so sure it counts! A kiss on the cheek, and hand, and up my arm as my friend and I were practicing for Romeo and Juliet that all freshman must learn.

    I love any and all pictures of NFA, so thanks for sharing that one!

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  6. I would have thought it was a willow...hmmmm... Let us know when you find out. Have a great weekend!

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  7. Huge is right. I haven't a clue what kind of tree it is either. Have a great weekend Linda. Big hug. :)

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  8. It looks a beautiful tree. Here in Britain, they would cut it down for being in the way.

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  9. Count me among the clueless. Whatever it is, it is beautiful. Spring does bring changes. We have a fig tree in the backyard. In the winter I can look over the back fence and see cars coming down the street. Now ... no street.

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  10. It's a "Gnarl Tree"
    Heck, I don't know.
    But it's beautifully symbolic.

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  11. Wow! What a transition.

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  12. well it certainly isn't a willow as willow leaves are long and thin...not little twisty looking heart shaped....or at least from what I can see in the pic.

    Can I have a close up of the leaves please??

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  13. I would've said weeping willow, but now I am confuzzled.

    It's a beautiful tree.

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  14. Give me a close up of a mature leaf, and I can ID it for you.
    Whatever it is, it's sure been through the wringer over the years! It indeed looks like the Whomping Willow from Hogwarts!

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  15. ok, I'm not late to the party--I'm the cleanup crew!

    My money is on this being a weeping beech, based on the wicked-cool gnarling of the trunk and limbs when not in leaf. another possibility is a weeping ash or alder, both which kinda sorta look like this. The shot of the underside of this in leaf is absolutely awesome; you are quite the photographer! Anyway, the leaves look somewhat alder=-like there...I'd have to consult with Mr. Right, who is the resident tree guy here and could no doubt reel off an identity at first look. I'll have him check this out. Meanwhile, I'm stealing the undershot!

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  16. Judge a tree from its fruit; not from the leaves.

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