|FREIGHT TRAIN FERRY|
|YELLOW BIRCH BARK|
The ferry sounded like a freight train this morning, the roaring sound of it breaking through the ice echoing up the Bayfield bluffs.
Yellow birch, Betula lutea, is a medium sized tree of the mixed coniferous-hardwood forests of the Great Lakes and southern Canada, the northeast U.S. and at altitudes in the Appalachians into the South. It is shade tolerant and prefers a cool, moist environment. It is a beautiful tree, with exfoliating bark very much like paper birch, except that it has a distinctly yellow coloration. In the right environment it can be a very good shade and ornamental tree, and is excellent for naturalizing. Its timber is very valuable for veneer wood.
The maple sugar crew (Andy, Judy, Paul and Joanne) came to dinner last night and sugar maple tapping will probably begin today. I will go out in a bit. Joan made a terrific pea soup from smoked hammocks, and served with fresh baked bread it was a real treat.