Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Waverley Park big-toothed cottonwood

Have you ever noticed a tree standing naked against the sky,
How beautiful it is?
All its branches are outlined, and in its nakedness
There is a poem, there is a song.
Every leaf is gone and it is waiting for the spring.
When the spring comes, it again fills the tree with
The music of many leaves,
Which in due season fall and are blown away.
And this is the way of life.

- Krishnamurti

lichen on the deeply riven bark of the old cottonwood above. Cottonwoods are also known as poplars. The towering trees in Waverley Park, the 2nd oldest municipal park in Ontario, are also known as populus grandidentata, or big-toothed aspen. Cottonwood sounds more homey, like a welcoming tree to grace your front lawn. Big-toothed aspen sounds more like it belongs in the untameable boreal forest.

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