Saturday, August 22, 2009

Black Willow

Black Willow, Salix nigra, is another shoreline species. In fact, this willow stands about ten feet from yesterday's crabapple.

Willows don't mind getting their feet wet and in fact seem to enjoy it. They are also very easy to root. I remember when I was little that my Dad simply plugged a branch into the ground and it rooted up quickly just fine. Another time a pile of four foot logs cut from a fallen willow started spontaneously sprouting new branches.

It feels like it lends an oriental art touch. This shot reminds me of ink and brush bamboo leaves.

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