I get giddy at the sight of a baby tree!
The other day I was out walking a friends property and of course taking pictures! I sent this photo of the baby balsam to him and he responded with “Life Amid Chaos”. It was the perfect words to describe this photo. Among the various leaves, twigs and duff layer lies the new beautiful life of a tree.
Natural regeneration is the beautiful circle of life. A mature “parent” tree grows up and produces a woody cone (female cone) and then sends out bucket loads of seeds from these cones where then the male cone “pollen cone” releases pollen in hopes they meet on the ground and pollinate to make a new tree. Balsam fir, like many other tree species, seeds are dispersed through wind 300-500 feet or by wildlife and birds. If all the conditions, dependent upon the species, are right in order for the seed to germinate a new life is made. Different tree species require different seed beds for germination. Balsam Fir, for example, like some shade with a mineral and humus soil for germination- not sandy soils, which most of my counties I cover are all SAND SAND SAND–probably could take down all the trees and have a huge beach! That is just crazy talk of course…
Life Amid Chaos Natural Regeneration….