March 4th, 2015 by Celia

One Silver Maple and a Plea for the Invasives

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Sometimes I head out for a walk with my camera and to my surprise, nothing calls to be photographed. Or, I take out my camera, focus on my subject but not take a photo. It just doesn’t work out.
Last week this happened to me twice. But there was one thing that did speak to me; the trees. The trees in my neighborhood are big, old and charterer-laden. One block had lots of massive silver maples and this one in particular was an interesting subject.
The tree itself is a nice one, no doubt, but I was impressed by the variety of other plants which called it home. It seemed to have a little ecosystem of its own. The silver maple was covered in vibrant English Ivy, ferns and a lovely array of blue-green algae.

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The English ivy really caught my attention. A lot of people It is very true that ivy is invasive and damaging to plants and forests here in Portland and beyond. But that doesn’t mean it should be hated, does it?
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