14 November 2005

Cyclops in the forest

Ever since reading at Firefly Forest Blog about aspen eyes, markings on the trunks of quaking aspens (Populus tremuloides) that uncannily resemble eyes, I have been paying more attention to the trunks of trees around here. A few days ago, while taking a walk in Black Hill Regional Park, my usual prowling ground, I noticed that beech trees (Fagus grandifolia) too have eyes, although theirs are not as noticeable as those of aspens, mainly because they lack the dark colored "iris" in the eyes of the latter.

The eyes on the trunks of quaking aspens mark the spots where branches used to be before they got self-pruned. The stub left behind in the "pupil" of the eye in the above picture shows that beech eyes also form at the locations of former branches.


T. Beth said...

Wow, beech eyes, I've never seen (or noticed) them before. The bottom one looks all gray and wrinkly, rather like the skin around an elephant's eye.


Well, you know what they say: "Life's a beech, and then you get wrinkles under your eyes".

T. Beth said...

Good one! :-)