Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Unknown tree in a cemetery

When I just walk by and look at a tree I see a trunk and some leaves, maybe some flowers if it's in bloom. When I stop to draw it I discover a mysterious (to me) and amazing world. All of a sudden it becomes really interesting and I want to know more about it.

This tree is growing in the lowland of the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery and I have no idea what it is. The leaves are compound and opposite but in the most interesting way! They clasp onto the branch and snap off rather easily. Underneath is where I found the new leaf buds hiding out. It also has matted bunches of seed stalks clasped around random branches, as if they'd fallen, then dried and stuck together like velcro.

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