Recently, I shared that we’re following a tree as a way to get closer to nature, stay in tune with the seasons and watch the world grow! I wanted to share the tree that we’ll be following over the next year. After careful research, I am pretty sure this tree is a Quaking Aspen, which are common in Eastern Washington and grow in valleys. I found this in the lower valley of the Magpie Forest, a natural woodland region that’s true to its ancient glory.
This is my tree! It has leaves that flutter easily in the wind and make an amazing light breezy sound. I’ve watched it for years and it’s always been one of my favorites with a unique and inviting personality. The Quaking Aspen gets its name since the leaves blow with even the slightest hint of wind.
I actually recorded the sound (Psithurism) it made when the wind blew:
The tree has rough bark which turns into nice white sheets in the summertime and it has grass all over its feet! I love the texture of the tree.
Careful watch throughout the year will help me determine if this is indeed a Quaking Aspen. There aren’t any pinecones yet, which can be helpful identifying features. Stay tuned for it’s progress throughout the year, we’ll be following it for a while!
Photos: Elizabeth Adan
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