If you hug a tree, will it bark at you? Up to now they just let me take photos of them, and you find some strange things creeping up those barks. I don’t know what this was, but it looks like something from a Stephen King film, creeping up the tree. There seems to be green leaves growing out of it at the top. Not hearing any barking trees, I examined further.
Another tree under attack on its bark. This time the invader is mistletoe. I always thought of that plant as something we hung up somewhere at Christmas and you grabbed the next best kissable male specimen, but it seems that mistletoe is a sort of parasitical growth embedding itself into the bark (yes again a barking invader) and sharing the benefits of the tree whilst doing it. We have a lot of mistletoe in our area, but the best photos are in Winter when the trees are bare. You see the clumps of mistletoe clinging on the branches.
About a week ago I noticed this tree with freshly hatched mistletoe. It is a bit difficult to find it, but it is the brighter green.
And there are the barkless trees. The silent ones that remain silent and have lost their bark.