Feb. 19, 2018

American basswood, Tilia americana

How do you get a picture like this of tree flowers. Basswood grows to over a hundred feet tall. You might need a long handle pruner to bring down a twig. Then you need something to hold it, maybe a sapling you can split so it will pinch the twig. And it has to be in good light, at the right angle. What about background? If you want it dark, you may have to use something like a plastic bag you can hang to create shade. Or you can be driving along an elevated road. There's a basswood in bloom. The elevation has floweringing branches right at eye height. The woods behind creates the shade. The sun is in just the right angle. Pull off, grab the camera, hit the on button, point and shoot. Sixty seconds and you've got your favorite basswood shot. These terrific trees grow in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, MB, NB, ON, QC, and SK. Lenawee Co MI, 6/12/11.