The platonic ideal of an oak?

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The platonic ideal of an oak?

Post by Lucas » Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:32 pm

https://www.flickr.com/photos/drainhook ... 8853968631

The platonic ideal of a oak?

Great Q bicolor form. It could be a beaut in a 150 years.

Somebody here may know this 'drainhook'. There are some nice trees in his pix and he is climbing them, too.
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Re: The platonic ideal of a oak?

Post by Lucas » Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:34 pm

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Re: The platonic ideal of a oak?

Post by edfrank » Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:34 pm

He is a member of this group, but does not participate much. We are Facebook friends and a number of people here know him.
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Re: The platonic ideal of a oak?

Post by Don » Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:22 pm

Lucas-
I'm reminded of a local newspaper story of a then-recent lightning strike...lightning had struck one of the supporting posts of a carport, and left a dendritic (root-like) pattern where it popped the grass up as it dispersed its energy. Just a small show of the power lightning has..I suspect that something similar would have happened with the trees in drainhook's photo...
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Re: The platonic ideal of a oak?

Post by DougBidlack » Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:50 pm

Lucas,

this would be closer to my ideal of swamp white oaks.
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Re: The platonic ideal of a oak?

Post by Lucas » Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:27 am

DougBidlack wrote:Lucas,

this would be closer to my ideal of swamp white oaks.
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I like those, too.

Ironically, I used to live next to places like that in MA and never went near them. Another regret.
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Re: The platonic ideal of a oak?

Post by DougBidlack » Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:18 am

Lucas,

where were you in MA? I'm aware of several good places to see swamp white oaks in MA but the pictures I posted are actually from MI.

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Re: The platonic ideal of a oak?

Post by Matt Markworth » Fri Feb 27, 2015 7:04 pm

A swamp white oak that's one of my favorite nearby trees. Not as common as bur oak in my area, but approaches the girth:
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Re: The platonic ideal of a oak?

Post by Lucas » Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:17 pm

DougBidlack wrote:Lucas,

where were you in MA? I'm aware of several good places to see swamp white oaks in MA but the pictures I posted are actually from MI.

Doug

Bridgewater and Framingham areas
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Re: The platonic ideal of a oak?

Post by DougBidlack » Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:56 pm

Lucas,

here a some pictures of swamp white oaks just a little ways from Framingham.

This first one is from Concord. This site is where "the shot heard 'round the world" was fired.
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The next two pictures are from Bedford, MA. Not too far downstream from the previous picture along the Concord River floodplain.
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