|Hidden cove under the Weeping Willow|
There were some really fine trees on the grounds at the university, huge ones which were probably planted by the founders. I find that in itself amazing. I did wish I had brought my camera along with us, but I wanted to make quite certain the camera didn't give out before Justin's last event.
Tom especially liked the giant red-leafed beech trees. Oh, but they were gorgeous!
This is a honey locust. Love that yellow-green hue to the foliage.
This is a linden, at least that was my guess from several yards away, but Tom wasn't certain so we went closer to know for sure.
I was right, although Tom, not to be outdone, insisted it was a big-leaf linden as apposed to the little leaf one we saw earlier in Kutztown. I doubt that matters to most folks but to a tree geek, it matters! The Linden is also called a basswood tree in places south, in case you didn't know. I've found many trees have different names down south. I'll have to tell you a few of my favorites sometime.
This one has me currently stumped although I perfectly remember I knew it instantly when we were at the park. I do think it is a weeping beech but it could easily be a weeping cherry. I just don't recall! I'll have to ask Mr. I-Forget-Nothing. He might know.
Okay, I'm back after several hours and I remembered on my own--there's a miracle! It's a Camper Down Elm. I love this tree. I believe the first one I ever saw which impressed me no end was at Cornell University in NY. No, I did not attend. I went there with Tommy because...well, I don't really remember why. Perhaps because they do have rather nice woodland, vegetable, experimental and flower gardens plus a great arboretum and botany program. Of course we would go for all that...but I digress.
I believe this is a Japanese contorted or weeping cedar. Fascinating shape! It was obviously very newly planted in this rather impressive arboretum.
We even found a red-leaf beech, just for Tom, only this was a baby compared to the 100 foot plus ones at Kutztown. Beech tree 40 feet high is quite a baby, huh?
This weeping willow predictably was found growing nicely along a stream. A perfectly soothing spot to ease the soul, don't you think?
Yes, we are tree geek supreme and we make no apologies for it!