Wednesday, April 23, 2008

"CONSIDER THE LIFE OF TREES" ~ FLOWERING NORWAY MAPLE


~ Flowering Norway Maple
(Acer platanoides)

10 comments:

Nancy J. Bond said...

Beautiful montage and passage, Joey. I had a gigantic Norway maple in my former life -- it was always the first to bloom in spring, and the last to change color in the fall. It also had a very pleasing, natural shape. Great shots!

Kathryn/plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com said...

Yay! Let's hear it for a big swipe at anthropomorphicism!

joey said...

Hi Nancy ... this beautiful (short-lived flowering) tree greets me from my bedroom window each April. I was determined to capture the beauty of the flowering gift delighting me for over 30 years.

Ah dear Kathryn ... and there you are choosing the 'perfect' word describing my heart and soulful post.

Gardengirl said...

BEAUTIFUL !!! The flowers on this tree are so small and delicate looking. Is there a scent to them?

Ki said...

Hi Joey,
Your photos are wonderful as usual. The delicate leaf like structure where the flower stalk emerges in the first photo of the montage is especially very nicely rendered.

However...I hate to be the voice of negativity but Norway maples are considered invasives and should be extirpated. They out compete native trees in the forests. A quote from the DCNR website: "Research has recently shown that forests, which have been invaded by Norway maple, suffer losses in diversity of native forest wildflowers compared with forests in which the canopy is dominated by native species such as sugar maple. This is at least in part due to the dense shade cast by Norway maples, and the shallow roots, which compete with other vegetation."

Man is definitely not the highest form of life, we only like to think so which makes us the most dangerous species.

Frances, said...

Hi Joey, delightful poem and photos. Suc detail, did you say that you took the shots from a second story window? Is that how you were able to get the close ups? I never reaized how daisy like the flowers of this tree are. Thanks for the education.

Frances at Faire Garden

joey said...

I hear you, Ki, and am aware of the dense shade as well as its aggressive root girdling problem. I don't think Norways are planted today like in years past, especially in the urban environent. This happpened to be an old tree hanging over the patio when we bought the house 33 years ago. Although a lovely tree when flowering, it's quite a pest the rest of the year with helicopters and late to drop leaves, often in December. Nonetheless, I love it!

Thank you, Frances. Actually, my husband cut a branch for me to shoot my macro photos. I think I would not be here to answer your lovely note if I had hung out the window! (Your azaleas are delightful ... can't wait for mine next month, especially loving my exbury apricot, orange, peach and yellow).

Brenda Kula said...

You take the most beautiful photos and do so much to bring them even more beauty, that it often astounds me.
Brenda

Anna said...

I've seen you posting around and was delighted that you stopped by. I wanted to get over to your blog and take a look around. You caught me at the busiest moment in my life. You are very talented. Love your blog! I'll be back---

joey said...

How kind, Brenda. I have been in love with cameras since my first 'Brownie'!

Thanks Anna. Trust me, I hear you. Once the garden calls, I could spend the entire day outside. As beds grow, so does the work. After 33 years, I've created a 'Monster'!