New leaves on Sycamore

Daily Walk in Difficult Times 28

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I think these are Sycamore. I am uncertain. I like the way that the leaves are tinged red when they break out of the bud and gradually turn greener as they fully open. Each day seems like Groundhog Day to me now – as in the film. I have been staying at home since 11th March. Six weeks. Although I like to go out for my walk, sometimes I don’t feel like doing it any more. And yet I know it does me good, I really enjoy the feel of the breeze and the sun, the sound of the birds and the rustle of leaves. Sometimes I think that only by going out with my camera and looking around can I tell that today is not the same as yesterday – everything growing outside has moved on and changed, even if everything seems much the same indoors.

10 Replies to “Daily Walk in Difficult Times 28”

  1. Beautifull Pictures. I always love, what you find and explain. I go out with the dogs twice a day. I simply have to and I’m glad about that. Most of the times I discover something worth a pic. Yesterday I found woodruff and so I had a really delicious drink in the evening.
    And I found an App called Fauna Incognita. Now I’m strolling through the Meadows, sitting on my knees and taking pictures of everything there is and identifying it. Much fun. Not that I could remember all of that. Yesterday I identyfied 16 diffent plants in one meadow. Keep on walking!

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  2. I know how you feel the 1st bit of my walk is downhill which = uphill coming home and by that time the sun is backing the pavement and high. I think taking my camera stops me going mad. For a few moments, I can get lost in the environment. The tree is a Sycamore we have them and the bottom of the garden. We get 100’s of little ones growing in any pots or soil the seeds find – another stay at home job to pull them up but enjoying watching them grow at the moment!

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  3. Fine vigorous tree the sycamore but seen by some as an invasive species. Not so attractive when growing close to an old roof with ogee gutters. First it is these leaf cases, then it will be the flower debris, then the twirly things and finally the leaves.
    This particular strategy to outmanoeuvre nature will have more long-term effect on health than allowing the virus to run its course.

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  4. Thank you, Ola. I hadn’t heard of woodruff before but I am familiar with ladies bedstraw which is surely related to it. I am making lots of botanical discoveries during my walks. I have several useful books and identification keys (and the internet, of course) but I often lack confidence about naming specimens. So I am glad to hear about the Flora incognito app and will download it to my I-pad. It is also great when a reader can validate a tentative naming. A good additional outcome of the walks is that I am getting physically fitter and well as a good dose of mental balm.

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  5. Thank you, Andy. I also like to be “in the zone” with my camera. It is a bit like meditation when your mind is focussed on just a single thing at a time and all other intruding thoughts are banished. Thanks for confirming the sycamore identification. With the leaves all crumpled up it is difficult to tell sometimes.

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  6. Thanks, Genericwaz. I guess almost any tree can be a nuisance for householder if it is too close and likely to clog the gutters throughout the year with different bits of discarded product. We have problems with gutters and downpipes blocking with I don’t know what (probably moss and twigs etc) even though the roof is high in the sky on the old Victorian building I live in. They have to use scaffolding or a cherry picker each time to clean the gutters or else we get waterfalls from the eaves when it rains.

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  7. Your Daily Walk 28.6 is arresting in its beauty. I love the colors of the leaves and the way you have photographed them against a blue sky. I appreciate how your narrative has become more personal. You express so well what so many of us feel: difficulty with the present global condition and joy in finding respite in photography. Thank you.

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  8. Thank you, Linda. I feel very fortunate to live where I do, and to have remained virus-free so far. There are so many people who have been terribly affected in many ways by the current situation and my heart goes out to them.

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  9. I am aso not an expert, but I would guess this is Acer Pseudoplatanus. In German we call it Bergahorn, I don’t know the English name. However, I am not sure.

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