A sycamore tree, on the edge of the tree line, is reflected in the water of the Potomac river. The tree appears to dance along the river's edge. This is one of several favorite trees along the George Washington Parkway. This particular sycamore grows on Roosevelt Island and is especially visible in the winter when her white bark stands out against the darkness of the other trees.
Images and textures have been layered to create a composite art print of a original photograph.
An American sycamore tree can often be easily distinguished from other trees by its mottled exfoliating bark, which flakes off in great irregular masses, leaving the surface mottled, and greenish-white, gray and brown. The bark of all trees has to yield to a growing trunk by stretching, splitting, or infilling; the Sycamore shows the process more openly than many other trees. The explanation is found in the rigid texture of the bark tissue, which lacks the elasticity of the bark of some other trees, so it is incapable of stretching to accommodate the growth of the wood underneath and the tree sloughs it off.
A sycamore can grow to massive proportions, typically reaching up to 30 to 40 meters (98 to 130 ft) high and 1.5 to 2 meters (4.9 to 6.6 ft) in diameter when grown in deep soils.
Sycamore trees symbolize protection and strength.
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January 2nd, 2013
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