Friday, December 09, 2011

Muskingum Sunrise

It's been a while.  As our boys grow (Weston is closer to 3 than 2, and Brody is closer to 1 than 0), I find myself spending more time with them and Megan.  Tonight I took a few hours to organize my basement office and finally add all the photos I have taken in the DSLR-era to my lightroom catalog.

This morning I had the pleasure to witness this spectacular sunrise.  The tree?  It's a tulip poplar- Liriodendron tulipifera.  One of the first things I learned about trees from my grandfather was that tulip trees are always straight- I mean really straight.  They take advantage of tree fall gaps in forests and shoot up quickly before the canopy closes once again.  But when a tulip tree doesn't have competition and is growing on extremely poor soil, than you have things like this happening.  This would be a great tree to photograph the tulip-like flowers of this species.  Typically the flowers are 50 or so feet into the canopy, but on this tree, you could practically pick them from the ground.  I'll have to remember that come next June.