Saturday 2 June 2018

Hard-Life Aspen

    This old Aspen tree shows signs of having endured a hard life.  Aspens normally have a solid white bark, but this one shows there has been a lot of past damage to it’s bark in the past.  Do you see the whitish leaves?  Those leaves are infested with a small caterpillar called a ‘leaf miner’ that lives and eats tunnels between the top and bottom layers of it’s leaves.  
    Despite all it’s old and current injuries, the Aspen is still alive and enjoying the sunshine.

You can see my painting "Aspen" which shows leaf miner tracks at:

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