Trees, they’re everywhere. We see them in parks, yards, cities. I think all of us feel pretty confident that we could draw a tree if we were asked to. The casual familiarity with trees can leave us blind to actually seeing them. Think back to the last time you drove down the street, I’m sure you saw trees, but how many different kinds of trees did you see? Were they growing in unique ways? Were they there naturally or have they been planted intentionally?
To begin to understand trees, let’s start in our own yards. I recommend using a notebook to record observations, but it’s not necessary.
Pick one tree to observe
After you note these observations you may find it’s much easier to spot other trees of the same kind now. Being able to observe the finer details of trees, plants, or anything else will make it much easier to make proper identifications as well as gain a greater appreciation for the unique qualities of the plants, trees, animals, and even people, around you.
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.