Birch

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Close ups of birch trees in my neighborhood. I’ve always been fascinated with tree bark as a photographic subject. The texture, the play of light and shadow, lichen and moss, the amount of detail is astonishing and often quite beautiful.

Birch are getting hit hard here in the state, especially up in the northern part of the state where they’re more common. Not from disease, from tree rustlers, I suppose you could call them.

I’m not the only one who thinks birch are beautiful trees. A lot of others do to, and are running around up north cutting them down, hacking off their branches, and selling them as decorative items. And doing it on private property, public parks, state parks and forest reserves where they’re doing it illegally. They’re finding hundreds of birch trees being hacked down just so people can steal the branches to sell them as decorations. Sigh…