Holm Oak (Quercus Ilex)

Holm Oak (Quercus Ilex)
Holm Oak (Quercus Ilex)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Holm Oak Trees: Bosco Sacro Di Monteluco nr. Spoleto, Italy

A grove of Holm oaks (Quercus Ilex) revered as sacred from Roman times.  Francis of Assisi and his companions often sought solitude, meditated and prayed here.  The area below this grove of trees is part of a city park with room for sunbathers, ball fields and a snack bar.

These photos are manipulated because the contrast between the dark evergreen leaves of the oaks contrasted so greatly with the mid-day sun streaming through the forest canopy upon the forest floor.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Poor Guardianship: Forgetting to take down strands of decorative lights

Forgetting to take down or deliberately leaving strands of decorative lights in place leads to slow lingering death by girdling of ornamental trees.  Tree is Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) in the parking lot of upscale mini-mall, Roanoke, VA