Fourth of the Fourth – Sycamore

sycamore tree streak
I wanted to post something fun this morning, and I stumbled upon James’ fine photo of Glenside, Pennsylvania. It turns out this was a challenge to post the fourth photo from my fourth folder and explain it. I had previously posted about these American sycamores on a Skywatch post here. The photo was taken in the depths of January winter, and I love the idea of posting off season photos.

The rules are below:
1. Open the fourth file where you store your photos.
2. Pick the 4th photo.
3 . Explain the photo.
4. Pass challenge onto 4 other bloggers.

Please, anyone who wants to do this please do so, but to give some of my photo blogger friends a poke I’ll pass this on to Ilana-Davita, Jientje, Robin, and Ellie. Do it whenever you are in the mood for something different.

Sky Watch: Sycamore

swftomSky Watch Friday is a photo meme with photos of sunrises, sunsets, blue skies, gray skies, pink skies, dark skies and any other kind of sky posted by bloggers all over the planet.

I took these photos of the American Sycamore trees on my block at sunset one day.

I like the round seed ball shapes.

You can read more about our local sycamores in my previous post.

American Sycamore

I consulted with my local tree expert, and she thinks these trees outside my office window are American Sycamores. There seem to be quite a few in Highland Park.

sycamore rounds
I was attracted to them because of the round seed balls.

seed ball
The above is a photo of the seed ball, before we got white snow now gracing Highland Park.

The trunks have this distinct peeling bark. This particular tree is on Abbott Street.

Same tree as above, but the sky was bluer.