Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tree Following, July 7, 2015

The tree I am following is an Ornamental Pear.  It has masses of beautiful white flowers in the Spring, and in the Autumn the leaves turn red/orange.  The fruit is tiny, but it is enjoyed by the birds in the Winter.
Ornamental Pear, Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA, July 6, 2015

I was hoping for a sunny blue sky for this photo's background, but we've had cloudy, rainy skies for a week or more. 

It is a tall tree with glossy green leaves.  It has probably grown a little since last month, but not enough to tell the difference.  I didn't know what I could post about this month until I remembered a tip from another Tree Follower (or was it you, Lucy?):  Look around to see what is growing under or near the tree.  So I looked underneath the tree and found ...........

Moss!  A pretty green carpet thriving in the shade the tree provides.  (I think that orange dot is a tiny mushroom).  I had to really hunker down and set the camera on the ground to get this photo, but I think it well worth the trouble.  I don't get up and down as well as I used to!

Have a wonderful day!

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  1. What a very beautiful picture. A heap of green stars.

  2. P.S. Have tried to tweet about this post but Twitter has locked me out. It thinks I'm a machine and asks for my phone number to prove otherwise. But as I don't remember ever having given my phone number I'm reluctant to do this now. So . . . currently stuck! Once I've fathomed how to get back in I'll recommend your post there!

  3. What a great photo! -- the moss beautifully sharp and the tree soft in the distance

  4. Your tree is gorgeous--I especially like that first photo. Bradfords grow here (Austin, Tx.) too, but I don't recall ever seeing one as large as yours.

  5. What a beautiful tree - love the photo of the moss too.

  6. Lovely tree - and I particularly like the moss (and a free mushroom, too!)
    I'm no expert, but the moss looks a bit like Polytrichum commune (also known as common haircap moss, common hair moss or great Goldilocks) - or maybe something in that family.
    I love the idea of tiny pears, even if they are too small for humans to bother with.
    All the best :)

  7. A lovely tree. And a very nice moss photo.

  8. What a beautiful variety of moss! A sea of stars with the mushroom as a harvest moon ... Now there's a thought!

  9. Great picture of your tree, and the moss is just lovely!


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