Kip’s Comments 7-28-20

White Birch Leaf Skeleton - Image 644880 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Beautiful Damage

Is it possible to title today’s thoughts as I have? How can destruction be pretty? Generally speaking, the two words do not belong together. However, today I want to share with you a couple of images of white birch leaves that have been devoured of most everything other than the skeleton of the leaves.       

Japanese beetles are an invasive species with huge negative impacts. When the beetles find a plant (or tree) tasty, the plant or tree will quickly be invaded by hundreds of beetles that eat the leaf material. Such is what has happened to our white birch tree and to a certain extent our European mountain ash tree.     

As far as I know, there is virtually nothing we can do for our trees as the leaves continue to drop to the ground. Hopefully the beetles will not kill the trees, but only time will tell.   

In the meantime, I photographed some of the leaves that, as Kristy told me, would make pretty jewelry.

White Birch Leaf Skeleton - Image 644880 (© Kip Ladage)

White Birch Leaf Skeleton – Image 644880 (© Kip Ladage)

 

White Birch Leaf Skeleton - Image 644884 (© Kip Ladage)

White Birch Leaf Skeleton – Image 644884 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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