Aliens

There’s a wonderful school yard at Meek School, NE 40th and Alberta, where I often go, joining other dog owners to take advantage of a wide fenced in field for dogs who need to run.

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While I’m there I’m focused on playing with the dog, while also trying to keep an eye out for the safety of any kids who are with me.  So I hadn’t really closely examined the trees planted here, but I did take note that the selection was odd — not your regular every day school yard trees.  Recently I learned through the Friends of Trees blog about this Concordia Tree Team project. Yesterday I took a closer look.

Oaks that retain their leaves, and conifers that drop their needles.  OK, maybe not that unusual, but opposite of what one might first think.

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I couldn’t resist examining them up close:

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Other than the ginkgos and umbrella pines, I don’t recognize any of these.  When they’re more fully leafed out I can work on getting to know who’s who.  But from the online project write-up, I know that the list includes:  oaks (including canyon live oak), three different types of hackberry trees, umbrella pines, and deciduous conifers dawn redwood and a bald cypress. Today I just appreciated the beauty of both familiar features and the unusual character of these emerging leaves.

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Note the contrasting undersides of the leaves below:

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The form of some trees was interesting too:

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I love the bright color of this foliage.

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I hope to post more useful and detailed information on this special place in the future.

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