Mornings are a nice time to wander through the woods. The play of light and shadow makes for interesting photos.
We have a lot of Cotoneaster bushes in the woods and their fresh new leaves pick up the sunlight and make them shine. Cotoneaster. It is an interesting word. Pronounced Ko-tony-aster, it just seems like it should be cotton easter.
Not long after the new green leaves unfold on the deciduous trees, a new crop of bugs emerge looking for breakfast. And lunch, dinner, bedtime snack and midnight munchies. Which brings me to my last photo:
The Aspen leaves – they are not very happy looking. A quick email to Hole’s Greenhouses and I had a diagnosis: “… these bumps (galls) are likely being formed by Eriophyes mites.”
Apparently their microscopic size makes their identification difficult. Most eriophyid mites are not considered to be serious pests because the damage is generally only aesthetic and rarely kills the plant.
That’s good. I’m not about to start pouring insecticide on acres of trees. I’ll just ‘Leaf Them Alone.’