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Friday, June 24, 2011

A very beautiful catalpa on a historic property

It's so hard to photograph a "tree." And it's particularly hard if you don't have all that Ansel Adams gear and lens filters and whatnot, but just a little pocket digital thing.

Here's an enormous, glorious, recklessly-flowering catalpa on Geddes Heights, the street that borders Nichols Arboretum to the west. In fact this tree is on the property of the old Nichols house.

I'm told it's perfectly legal to saunter down this street, despite the intimidating nature of the homes and the trees themselves. A door or two to the south of the Nichols house is a walnut tree of such size to make your jaw drop. Take a hike and see what else you can find.


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