Arnold Arboretum Director Ned Friedman presented "Four Tales of Plant Obsession in the Arnold Arboretum" to NESBA members.
























Members were treated to the beautiful photos he takes of his favorite themes among the trees:
Looking closely at all aspects of trees opens one to the beauty easily missed by the casual observer.





1) Careful observation of winter buds,(frozen leaves) opens one to the unique ways nature has of protecting the new years growth.













2). Observing the architectural structure of trees allows one to see the big picture.











3) The red jewels of the new growth in conifer cones is beautiful and easily missed.
























4) Rhododendrons and their viscin threads--pollen being released in pearly threads from a pore at the top of the anther is nature's way of insuring pollination.






Many of Ned Friedman's photos can be seen on the Arnold Arboretum's website in a searchable database: https://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/plants/image-search


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