Still Learning To See

Through the seasons of an American Beech tree

The American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) is a tree that brings stories to mind. How many lovers’ hearts have been carved in the smooth bark of a Beech, then over the years spreading to a barely recognizable size and shape.

Long ago we had a fine, round  beechwood kitchen table. Stamped on the underside was “Made in Yugoslavia.” I remember dreaming about where the timber tree had grown and whose hands had fashioned it into table.

One of my most delightful memories is of a grove of a dozen very large Beech growing in a ravine near our garden in Western Michigan. As I walked down into the ravine I could nearly step out onto the large horizontal limbs. One day, lying down on a broad branch, I actually fell asleep under the tree’s immense green umbrella of leaves.

I love seeing Beech all year round. Here are a few photographs of these remarkable trees.

This entry was published on January 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm. It’s filed under Spring, Summer, Trees, Winter and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Through the seasons of an American Beech tree

  1. Allison Wawrin on said:

    5/2/2020 my two children and I just finished a hike in northern New Jersey filled with American Beech trees still in that first bright copper leaf almost ready to unfold. Breathtakingly beautiful.

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