An arborist I am not. But I do love trees, so I was quite taken with this tree at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden on the Mall downtown. I snapped these pictures one morning in early March when I went downtown to skate on the ice rink in the garden. Unfortunately, their website has not been updated with information about the newest installations, so I don’t know what this sculpture is called or who the artist is. But it’s my new favorite piece. [Update: see comments below for info. about the artist!]
In the actual tree department, I fell in love with this tree that I saw last weekend on the banks of the Ottauquechee River in Woodstock, VT. When I spotted it I thought it was a River Birch tree; we had one in our yard growing up, and I loved it. After looking around online a bit, I’m more inclined to think it might be a Silver Birch, though in truth it might not be either one. Whatever kind of tree it is, I thought it was absolutely beautiful, and I love the way the grey afternoon light catches it in this picture.