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Sycamores in winter woods

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Sycamores with White Trunks in Winter 3007

Don’t you love the way the white bark of sycamore trees, Platanus occidentalis, brightens our winter woods?

This picture is from February 11, 2007, in northwest Austin. In the years since then, the foreground vegetation has gotten a lot taller and now largely blocks this view of the sycamores.


Although I’m away from home, you’re welcome to leave comments, but please understand if I’m late in responding.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 18, 2015 at 5:20 AM

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  1. I sure do love their effect. In my neighborhood there is a clump of enormous cottonwood trees whose trunks are largely invisible until winter. They are fabulous, especially when the sky is dark with an impending storm.


    February 18, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    • We have a huge cottonwood by our next door neighbor’s house at the end of our cul de sac. We had one next to the barn on our farm. One of my favorite trees.

      Jim in IA

      February 18, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    • People used to say “That’s mighty white of you,” which has become objectionable as an ethnically derived comment but still so appropriate for a sycamore in winter woods. I haven’t noticed the whiteness for cottonwood trunks so I’ll have to keep my eyes open.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 18, 2015 at 12:47 PM

      • I’ve been known to mistake them for birches when they are young, but birches don’t typically occur here so I should know better.


        February 18, 2015 at 10:57 PM

  2. There is a similar tree locally that I have always wanted to shoot as it is surrounded by Pines and stands out nicely. But the conditions have never been right and it now bends to the ground in a most unattractive pose. This reminds of Eliot Porter’s images in “Nature’s Chaos”.

    Steve Gingold

    February 18, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    • I had to look up Eliot Porter’s book, Steve, and I’m pleased that the image reminded you of it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 19, 2015 at 2:57 AM

  3. Your sycamores are so close to starting to bounce back to life…The changes in the next 30 days will be so amazing.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    February 18, 2015 at 6:09 PM

  4. Our old man, a very old and once large Sycamore , has few years left but the ones he has shared with us have been a treat. I took a shot of part of what was once a massive branch and posted it to my once-a-day site yesterday. They are a majestic tree.

    The Jagged Man

    February 18, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    • I’m sorry to see yours fading as it is, but so go all things in the end. Sycamore are majestic trees, that’s for sure.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 19, 2015 at 3:02 AM

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