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Tulip Tree

Tulip Tree
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Copyright: David Robinson (daveeho) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 16] (141)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-02
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 1D Mark II, 28-135 IS f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-11 8:34
Viewed: 4420
Points: 2
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The tree belongs to the family Magnoliaceae, in evolutionary terms the most primitive family of Angiosperms (Flowering Plants), which arose during the Cretaceous era c.90 million years ago. Today only two species of tulip tree are known, the one from eastern North America and another Chinese species (L. chinense). Such a distribution is known as discontinuous. It is therefore conjectured that the ancestors of these trees originated in Britain and Europe and migrated eastwards and westwards from here during a time when east and west were linked in one huge land mass.

The primitive 6-petalled flowers do not appear on the tree until it is about 25 years old. In the meantime the leaves are a distinctive feature being uniquely shaped, as if the top third has been cut off. The scar left on the twig where the petiole (leaf stalk) was attached is also characteristic and seen clearly at this time of the year. They are reminiscent of horse chestnut or poplar scars. Indeed in its native eastern USA and southeast Canada the tree is called the yellow poplar. The leaves are deep yellow in autumn.
This photograph was taken at Levens Hall Nr Kendal in Cumbria. There was a slight frost on the ground and the light was perfect.

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Hello David

Very nice autumn scenario you have posted here. The colours are bright and look very natural I like the low horizon which works great here. The composition is very good too. All over a very pleasant picture to look at and it has some calmness which is good for the mind. - Nice informative note to follow.


Hi David,
great moment woth fascinating colors. I'd like to be there, very romantic picture.
Thanks for sharing and for informative text,

Hi Dave, I know this particular tree and I think you could have found a better view point so we could see less of the tree that is masking it. Needs a little sharpening.

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