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More than rocks at Hopewell Rocks

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As impressive as the rock formations are at New Brunswick’s Hopewell Rocks, on the trail down from the parking lot to the shore I had to stop and photograph some trees with peeling bark, presumably birches.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 15, 2018 at 4:38 AM

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  1. I have to say it ~ these are very a-peeling.


    July 15, 2018 at 6:19 AM

  2. Like New Brunswick, NY is leafless most of the year, and I noticed a lot of homeowners are planting ornamental trees with bark like this – river birch, paperbark, etc. to add a bit of interest to their yard in cold weather. That second shot kind of makes me want to find a stick and give that tree a good scratch.

    Robert Parker

    July 15, 2018 at 7:13 AM

  3. Birches don’t do well here, as it is too warm. I imagine it will be one of those species that shifts further north or else fades away. Or, peels off.


    July 15, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    • If what you propose is correct, then Canada will become a nation with greater numbers of swingers of birches.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 15, 2018 at 10:33 AM

      • That might be good. One could do worse than be a swinger of birches. Did you happen to see any birches with

        their trunks arching in the woods…
        …trailing their leaves on the ground
        Like girls on hands and knees that throw their hair
        Before them over their heads to dry in the sun.

        The older I get, the more I enjoy Robert Frost.


        July 15, 2018 at 7:40 PM

        • No, I didn’t see any like that. Too bad.

          The latest Frost poem I learned came last week. It’s called “The Secret Sits,” and it has all of two lines:

          “We dance round in a ring and suppose,
          But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.”

          Steve Schwartzman

          July 15, 2018 at 8:11 PM

  4. Nice! Definitely peeling!

    Reed Andariese

    July 15, 2018 at 2:27 PM

  5. The first photo reminds me of a scroll, like the Torah. If we unrolled it, I wonder what we’d read? As for the second, all those splits and curls make me wonder if anyone’s ever told a shaggy tree story.


    July 15, 2018 at 7:47 PM

  6. The first seems to be paper birch. The second seems to be river birch. There are maples and cherries that peel like the paper birch. It makes me wonder what the advantage of that sort of bark is. Three different specie can’t be wrong.


    July 15, 2018 at 9:44 PM

    • Thanks for your suggestions about the kinds of birches. I was way out of my element up there and have had to rely on people to identify species for me. The head of a national monument in Maine identified a paper birch for me in a photo I took up there. A given species can still have lots of individual variations.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 15, 2018 at 10:52 PM

      • Well, I am certainly no expert. I only know of the few river birches that I have seen in landscapes here. I have only seen paper birches in nurseries. (I think they die shortly after leaving the nurseries because I have never seen a live one in the landscape.) I am more experienced with the paper bark maple and the paper bark cherry; and I do not think you got a picture of either of those. There happens to be a paper bark maple at work.


        July 15, 2018 at 10:59 PM

  7. […] already seen picturesque rocks and peeling tree trunks from Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick, on June 7th. At one point I looked up from the shore there and […]

  8. Loads of texture …


    July 18, 2018 at 10:12 PM

  9. I love these textures – sorry I have been absent so long and am now bombarding you with comments. 🙂


    July 24, 2018 at 11:27 AM

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