Seeing Trees is an amazing book with awesome pictures created by the writing of Nancy R. Hugo and photographs captured by Robert Llewellyn. This easy read dives deep in the rarely seen, but easily observable tree traits and summons readers to watch trees with the same care and compassion that birdwatchers watch birds.
As we work our way through this book, we will be focusing on strategies to improve our field observations of trees in the future. We will be highlighting some of the most visually interesting tree structures, including leaves, flowers, buds, leaf scars, twigs, and bark. While the book highlights, in-depth profiles of ten familiar tree species—including such beloved trees as white oak, southern magnolia, white pine, and tulip poplar—we will learn together to be able to recognize and understand many of their most captivating, but usually overlooked, physical features and the skills to apply this to every plant in our landscape and natural areas. I am already thinking about offering a hands-on and outdoor component to put our skills and make these new observations out in the field together as a group in the spring, summer and fall.