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Sycamore ~ Themes by the Month

Sharing a photo with Kim’s Themes by the Month. Shadows is the subject for January.

When I took this photo of the Sycamore tree in my backyard, I had no idea I was also capturing my shadow.

Sycamore trees are abundant in the eastern half of the United States, and their relatives are popular across Europe. These massive, fast-growing trees are loved for their shade and their resistance to splitting.

 If you look carefully at a tree’s bark, leaves, and fruits, you can determine whether you’ve found a sycamore tree.

The bark of a sycamore tree is brittle and can’t withstand the rapid growth that sycamores experience. So the bark peels off frequently, and this results in a patchy, flaky appearance.

Because the older bark peels off and reveals younger bark beneath, the bark of sycamores will be a variety of colors – brown, green, tan, and white. This gives the tree a distinctive pattern that resembles army camouflage.

I thought it might work well with Kim’s challenge.


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