Monday, March 9, 2009

Snow white

The dazzling, bare white branches of an American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) on the Washington and Lee campus.

I'm itching for spring, but one of the things I'll miss when the leaves come out is the sight of the Sycamore branches - particularly in profusion along the stream and river banks - that brighten the landscape in winter.

The building behind the tree is the Reeves Center, an 1842 house which now contains W&L's collection of porcelain and ceramics, including what is reported to be an especially fine collection of Chinese export porcelain. (I've never been in there; I'll have to take a look.)

1 comment:

Peter said...

There are some advantages with the naked trees, to see their branches, but also to see the buildings behind which otherwise would be hidden!