Winter is closing in fast
by, 16th October 2012 at 05:47 PM (201 Views)
And it's making it nearly impossible for me to identify trees! Instead of examining the leaves and flowers, I'm now having to chew on twigs and dig into the bark to figure out what sort of trees my professor is asking us to identify. For example, today I guessed American Beech when the tree was actually a Sweet Birch. The only way to tell them apart now is that the Sweet Birch has a "slight wintergreen smell," which I did not actually experience when I smelled the sapwood, giving me -6 points on that tree. Thankfully, I was able to identify Blackgum, which is always a tricky tree, even with the leaves and fruit present.
Unless anyone has any pro tips, it looks like I'll be memorizing buds, twigs, and bark patterns for the rest of the semester :< this is a fun class, but by December it will probably be several times harder than it is now. Most people think this is a very easy class when I explain it to them, but I guess it just goes to show how you can never judge a book by its cover, in any situation.
and please resist the temptation to include a Game of Thrones comment
Thanks for reading, and sorry for ranting if I came off that way :P
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