Hi, my name is Christophe Morone. Welcome to my site! I am an amateur photographer, and an avid bicycle rider… which works out perfectly with the subjects that I may photograph. You may be wondering why I chose to name my site "CenTREES". It "stems" from one of my favorite subjects: Large trees!
The title of this site is a play on words...actually it's TWO plays on words. The first is "Sentries", as these large arboreal entities have been standing tall and strong, diligently watching everything and everyone around them. The second is "Century", pertaining to the fact that I only photograph trees that have been alive and well for at least that many years.
It's not always easy to tell which trees have been around for a long time or not, so I tend to use two guidelines: The type of tree and the circumference of the trunk.
Most of the time, a tree with a minimum circumference of 10 feet will meet the requirements I need, but just because it's less than 10 feet doesn't necessarily mean it isn't that old. Different types of trees grow at different rates. A white willow may have a circ of 15 feet 8 inches and be 150-180 years old, but a European Beech down the street has a circ of 14 feet 4 inches and is nearly TWICE as old! Same goes for an Eastern Cottonwood with a trunk 13 feet around, it might only be 110! So the type of tree is even more important than the size of it's trunk.
I hope you enjoy this pics and the accompanying information. I live in Connecticut, and large trees are a rarity in the city I live in. So I'm pleasantly surprised that I found this many in such a relatively small area. I'm always on the look out for more CenTREES, so I'll be sure to update the site as much as I can. Thanks for stopping by.
Along with my CenTREES, I will be posting other tree related pictures, info, and links to various sites. All these will be on this HOME page, but the CenTREES will be religated to their individual groupings. As more trees are found additional pages will be added if they can't be grouped into an existing page.
Wow, and I thought the Norway Maple leaf I picked from my back yard was gigantic...This Black Oak I found on vacation DWARFS it!
The Maple leaf on the right measures 11 3/4" wide by 10 1/2" tall (not counting the stem), and the Oak measures 11 1/2" inches wide by 12 3/4" tall! (also not counting the stem)
A little while back, I got in touch with the people at the Arbor Day foundation to get some information on a tree planted near our public library. They told me that it was a Flowering Dogwood, but it didin't look like any dogwood in my tree identifiction guide. SO I took some better pictures, including some shots of the fruit, and found out it is a JAPANESE Flowering DOgwood called a "Kousa". When I asked whether the fruit was edible, they told me that it was but was rather 'mealy'.
I had no idea what 'mealy' meant, so after shooting the fruit, I ate it.
The fruit on the left is fully ripe, middle is ripening, right is un-mature.
Looks juicy doesn't it? It actually doesn't taste that bad, but it's the texture that is less than nice. It has flavors that remind me of cantaloupe, only turned into yogurt with a little sand sprinkled in...and after you rinse your mouth out, it leaves a lingering watermelon taste on your tongue.
I now knew that 'mealy' meant sand in your mouth, so I shall be avoiding these tastey, yet gritty fruits in the future.
I have recently been back to the local park to take pictures of my favorite tree in the whole world, my European Beach. I was lucky that I got there on that day, the entire tree was colored in a beautiful rainbow of red, orange, yellow and green. And the next day, the leaves were GONE....thanks to the frosts and high winds lately.
I hope you enjoy them!
http://forums.arborday.org/forum/index.php <---This is one of my most favorite places on EARTH!!! Not only are they extremely helpful, in identifying tree's I have found, but they are full of interesting information about little things, like Mulberry leaves contain cyanide, and Quinces should be BOILED before eating. Sign up, log in, and have FUN!
http://www.treeblog.co.uk/ <---Another interesting place, this person has a journal he/she has been keeping of various types of tree's that he/she has planted, and keeps the site updated with other interesting articles, like tree's that have grown over bicycles