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Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast_Michael Wojtech

Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast

Drawing Trees and Leaves

Co-author with illustrator and writer Julia Kuo

Articles – Illustrations – Photos:


  • The Language of Trees_Michael Wojtech_American Forests Magazine

    The Language of Trees: On a Walk with Rutherford Platt – from American Forests Magazine

    In the winter of 1929, Rutherford Platt went for a walk in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with noted botanist, Dr. Arthur Graves. As his mentor began pointing out the buds along the leafless tree branches, Platt was astonished — he had always supposed that buds appeared in spring, just before they bloomed. . . Read ... (more)
  • sugar maple leaf bloom_Know Your Trees_Michael Wojtech

    Buds: Spanning the Seasons – from The Outside Story (syndicated newspaper column)

    The sign in the window, which read, “Clearance! Hats and Gloves 50% off,” puzzled me. Snowflakes swirled on gusty winds. The bitter cold stung my fingertips—I wondered if I should buy warmer gloves while I had the chance. Clearance? Temperatures hadn’t climbed above freezing for days . . . Read the Article (more)
  • The wonderful variety of tree bark_Michael Wojtech

    The Language of Bark – from American Forests

    I spot the neon-orange flag, unmistakable among the more earthly hues of October leaves, and crash through the underbrush to reach it. I quickly begin cataloguing the surrounding trees. On a low-hanging branch, I find familiar looking needles and record eastern hemlock on my data sheet. I peer up through binoculars to recognize the leaves ... (more)
  • michael wojtech_winter twigs_white ash_green ash_red maple_sugar maple

    Identifying Ash and Maple in Winter

    — Illustrations and photos from AMC Outdoors Magazine Read the article (more)
  • Michael Wojtech_Know Your Trees_pignut hickory

    Getting to Know Bark – from Northern Woodlands

    As the vibrant colors of fall give way to the more subtle hues of winter, tree bark becomes a focal point in the forested landscape. The splendid contrasts of bark are highlighted by the low-riding winter sun – the white, curly strips of paper birch juxtapose with the dark, burnt cornflake scales on black cherry; ... (more)
  • Michael Wojtech_Know Your Trees_paper birch

    Bark for All Seasons – from the Hampshire Daily Gazette

    As tree buds unfurl in spring, they cast sweet hues of yellow, pale green and red in the canopies of our local forests. Soon after, this new growth matures into a kaleidoscope of dense greens. This is the season when deciduous trees seem to come back to life, when they transform from a blur of ... (more)


  • A Closer Look at Tree BarkListen to or read a transcript of Michael’s conversation with Margaret Roach on her radio program and blog, A Way to Garden.
  • Michael speaks with Francesca Rheannon about his book, Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast, on Writer’s Voice (begins at minute 29).