Enchanted forest

This is a favorite woods of mine – there’s a lot of American beech mixed in with pine and oak. Beech trees, especially the younger ones, are “reluctantly deciduous.” They don’t let last season’s leaves fall. In winter that means beeches are bright against the dark trunks and bare branches of the neighboring trees. One walk there recently, I heard a woman tell her daughter that this was a enchanted forest. For me, the  beech trees provide the enchantment. Here are two views, one on a misty day in December and another after a snowfall. Click the image for a larger version.



Basically the same scene in each view, but the fresh snow and light differences make for a different character.

5 thoughts on “Enchanted forest

  1. I like the one with the fresh snowfall because of the way the branches are highlighted in the distance. I think it provides more depth by drawing your eye into the woods.

  2. i adore the beech trees in the winter. they really add some character to a generally white and grey landscape in the winter.

    this is a great lesson in light and how every time of the day and year is so completely different!

  3. I love exactly that quality of beech trees…. I just started an entire blog about the American beech, partly for that reason!


    BTW, did you know that “enchanted forest” was how the Cherokees described the woods of North Georgia (where I am)?

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