Garden and nature bloggers from around the world are participating in Loose and Leafy's "tree following" meme. I'm honored to be part of the celebration. As many of you know, I'm following the Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata).
Changes from March to April are subtle, but springtime is definitely at work. I've included captions with each photo.
|I often worry about the "bald spots" on the bark after the winter,|
but it's a natural process of shedding each year.
|A closer view of a "bald spot."|
|A healthy crop of moss and lichen.|
|The peeling bark is even more dramatic from the side.|
|Indiana bats roost in this bark, although I've never seen one here.|
|Another dramatic strip of bark.|
|A cardinal in the neighbor's yard sang to me while I was photographing the trees.|
|I suppose the cardinal wanted me to move away from his food.|
|This robin was very tame, taking a bath about four feet away from me and the Shagbarks.|
|This perch is a common squirrel hangout, although I didn't see one there today.|
|The buds are starting to swell. They'll look dramatically different next month.|
|The buds on Shagbark Hickories go through a dramatic transformation during the spring.|
Soon they'll look like large, dramatic "candles."
|A closer look at a puffy bud.|
|Soon, this view will be totally different. I'll share it again next month.|
Head on over to Loose and Leafy's blog to learn about other fascinating trees.
And just a note that I might be slacking off a little with blogging and blog visits for a couple of weeks. I'm just trying to catch up with work, gardening, family priorities, and some special garden projects, which I'll share with you soon!