I learned something unexpected today. My wife and I went to the park after work to enjoy the weather and get some walking in. I noticed these trees where the bark had obviously been peeling off and it made some nice patterns in trunk. So naturally I took out my cell phone and snapped a few pictures of the camouflage designs. My first thought was that these were birch trees, but in the background of my mind I knew they looked a little different. Birch trees didn’t usually shed all their bark, did they? Maybe they did, I didn’t know, nor did I seek confirmation.
We moved past the trees and continued our quest to walk the trail around the lake. It’s a beautiful small lake, or more like a large pond you could say. We walked 4 laps around it, which maybe equaled 2 miles….. maybe. I didn’t give the trees a second thought, not even when we passed them on the way back to the car. The evening continued and we went out to eat dinner, and then attended the homecoming football game in which my niece was marching in the band. Our team won, which made the end of the evening quite exciting.
We walked in the house close to 11:00PM and I was tired (still am), but I wanted to write a blog entry today. I didn’t have a plan about the topic tonight, but I knew I wanted to use the pictures of the “birch” tree that I look this afternoon. I sat in bed a few minutes ago ready to start typing about how nature changes so much in the fall and shows so much beauty in the process. Well, I started that way….. added the pictures from my phone into the blog…… looked at the pictures again….. and then decided to google birch trees just to make sure. Well, I searched birch tree images and couldn’t quite see one like my picture. I searched peeling bark and presto, there was a few like mine, except they were not birch trees. No, I made an assumption about peeling bark and associated it which birch, and only birch. Well, now I know that my pictures are none other than Crepe Myrtles. Surprised? Maybe not you, but for me, yes I was. It wasn’t that I even claimed it out loud that they were birch to begin with, but it’s funny how I never even considered anything but birch at first. Maybe it’s just me, but I find it funny.
So, my lesson for today is that I need to learn more about trees and not let my mind jump to conclusions. Anyways, the silliness of the whole situation gave me my blog for tonight, even if it was unplanned. I’m still glad i took the pictures though. Without them, I would be blogging about birch trees and never giving it a second thought that i could possibly be mistaken.