Movement, Nature

The Mysterious Pasture Beech

This week’s favourite tree is one of two we visited during our most recent walk (the one with the tanks!) Münsterbusch & Brander Wald.

We had seen them before, ‘from the side’, but for some reason we never left the pathway far enough – or had enough of a ‘zen’ mindspace – to go out and be near them, even though they were  easy to spot.

Sometimes it pays to ‘go rogue’ 🙂

The trees (a Common Beech and a Pasture Beech) are both located on the left hand side if you follow this walk, in a small field/pasture just before the first river bridge.

Funny thing is – both are beeches, but to Mr E and I they looked like completely different species.

The pasture beech had us stumped till we looked up it’s leaves and trunk.


Bonus geekery

Did you know?

  • The pasture beech is an ‘adaptive variation’ – it has adapted to being ‘nibbled’ by animals as young saplings by growing ‘bushy’ and banding together, as wikipedia calls it, as a group of tree stems instead of one big trunk.
  • Beech bark and wood have been used for writing long before paper in antiquity
  • The name origin of beech in different languages is the same one as for ‘book’
Me reading between the lines 🙂

What was your favourite discovery this week?

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