Co-author with illustrator and writer Julia Kuo
Articles – Illustrations – Photos:
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)
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
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)
— Illustrations and photos from AMC Outdoors Magazine
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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)
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 Bark – Listen 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).