We had the pleasure of chatting with a friend in his eighties who enjoys identifying trees. He was bemoaning the fact that the “kids of today” can’t identify trees. I talked about how I got some Webelos scouts (4th-5th grade boys) to recognize six trees (maple, oak, pine, hemlock, beech, birch). But the truth was I was the one who learned about the trees; as the boys weren’t terribly interested, I’m not sure how much information they retained.
Our eighty-plus friend told us about one of his trips to Jerusalem (his son lives there) and the discovery of an old Arab cemetery. What intrigued him the most was a large tree in the cemetery. His son found a local tree expert, who declared the tree to be a ‘canary pine‘. We learned that trees like specific environments, so only certain trees grow in any given place.
Can you identify trees? If not, would you care to learn? Would you like your kids (if you have) to learn? Or would you rather work on identifying sports cars or online computer games? Finally, what’s this: