Monday, February 6, 2012


Thought I would share a picture of our  beautiful weeping birch that we calculate is between 75 to 100 years old.  It has withstood drought, storms, children climbing in its branches and several additions to the house.  It also  offers food and shelter for multitudes of birds, including two stunning piliated woodpeckers with brilliant red heads that were investigating it the other morning.  While looking out the kitchen window, I saw what I thought was a cardinal, but soon realized it was a woodpecker which was soon joined by another.  They were chased away by a nosy squirrel who apparently thought he was missing some morsel or other.  "Old Timers"  tell me they often drive out just to look at its regal beauty.  Its colors aren't  spectacular, but the thickness of the spindly branches and leaves as well as its height give it a landmark quality.  At one point, a family with 9 children lived in a little house on this property and I can only imagine how much they enjoyed playng in and around this welcoming tree.  Unfortunately, it is beginning to show its age, and we cross fingers that it will continue to stand tall with some trimming of its branches.

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