Tree-Watching: White Birch Tree in February

February 19, 2012

Curling bark of white birch tree

This birch tree stands near the bus stop in my neighborhood.  I had occasion to spend some time with it as I was waiting for my bus to arrive.  It’s really a marvelous tree.

Birch buds in an alternating pattern down a twig

Birch catkins

These catkins look like three-toed bird claws

Sagging bark like old skin

Watercolor and ink sketch of birch buds and catkins


6 Responses to “Tree-Watching: White Birch Tree in February”

  1. Mary Heath Says:

    Hello Rosemary,
    I’m one of your followers in Skagit County and am always inspired by your entries. What kind of camera do you use to take your artful shots of the trees (and the world!) you follow?


  2. Lona Says:

    How pretty Rosemary. I adore the textures and the look of paper birch and white birch. I never have saw the catkins on one before. They are such a nice element to the tree too.

  3. Julie Says:

    Can you tell me which birch tree has the catkins that “look like three-toed bird claws”? Our neighbor has this in his yard and we would like to know what species it is.

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