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Sycamore in the sun

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Sycamore Tree with White Bark 0871

There’s not much more to be said about a sycamore tree with white bark gleaming against a blue sky except that the tree’s scientific name is Platanus occidentalis and that I photographed this one on Sierra Nevada Dr. in my neighborhood on February 14th. Happy belated Valentine’s Day to you all.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 2, 2014 at 5:57 AM

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  1. they do look rather magnificent against a sunny blue sky !

    John Hric

    March 2, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    • Oh, they do, they do. I saw (and photographed) more of them elsewhere in the sun this past Thursday and Friday, both alone and together with other things, including a blossoming redbud.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 2, 2014 at 7:28 AM

  2. Beautiful sycamores like this aren’t a bad consolation prize for our lack of pure white snow against blue.


    March 2, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    • No, not bad at all, and I don’t have to freeze my extremities off while taking pictures of this kind of white.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 2, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    • Do you guys want a white snow-blue sky picture? I could deliver. It snowed 3″ last night and is now 1˚under blue sky. 🙂

      Jim in IA

      March 2, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      • Sure, go ahead and post it on your blog and we’ll come over and take a look. There’s even a physics tie-in if you give an explanation of white as a mix of colors.

        Steve Schwartzman

        March 2, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        • This will have to do. http://bit.ly/1i4jv6p
          It is out my front window. I was so excited to clear snow I even cleared the drive and walks of our next door neighbor. Actually, he is in Guatemala on mission work and asked if I would do that.

          Jim in IA

          March 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

  3. December 2013 in Shades St Pk Indiana

    Jim in IA

    March 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

  4. I am enjoying the beauty of your photo as well as learning about the Buttonwood’s connection to Wall Street.


    March 2, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    • You got me on that one. I had to look it up:


      Steve Schwartzman

      March 2, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      • Isn’t it great? I found it because I was searching the internet to see what sycamore trees we have in NZ. So, found lots of information on your sycamore trees but not much about the sycamores in NZ. I am guessing ours are the English variety.


        March 2, 2014 at 7:42 PM

  5. such beauty. Love the light too.


    March 2, 2014 at 9:00 PM

  6. […] anything in nature unnatural. The browning leaf and bits of decomposing seed balls were from nearby sycamore trees, Platanus […]

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