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.
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’
What was your favourite discovery this week?