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Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Right now our nearby Holmby Park is wonderfully colored with roses and other flowers.

But in the center of the open lawn is a colorful tree some 25 ft high with pink blossom, thr Crepe Myrtle!


Asher Kelman: “Crepe Myrtle in Holmby Park”

Post your best art photography work of trees that you think a curator might accept for an exhibition in a fine art gallery.

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
This looks like the bark of Ash trees here in Quebec! We don't have any of the other types, probably too cold here. I think you are so fortunate!

You are so right! The diamond-shaped bark is of the elegant ash tree!

Young trees have smooth bark. The ridges occur later. Sometimes the diamond pattern winds up around the trunk of the Ash tree!


….and those white trees with the flaking bark are Sycamores!


“Sycamore trees (Platanus occidentalis) make handsome shade trees for large landscapes. The most striking feature of the tree is the bark that has a camouflage pattern comprised of gray-brown outer bark that peels off in patches to reveal the light gray or white wood beneath. Older trees often have solid, light gray trunks.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Sycamore Tree Care: How To Grow A Sycamore Tree https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/sycamore/sycamore-tree-care.htm

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Today came across some of the parks denizens:



Asher Kelman: “Boy with his Aunt Playing Ball!”



Asher Kelman: “Man with two dogs!”


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Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
I visited the Broad Museum in Los Angeles. For improving the area, amazingly, a dozen or so very old olive trees we transplanted. That must have been a huge expense, I would guess about $10,000 minimum per specimen!

It provides a very unusual and popular place for couples on a date to sit and chat. There seems to be an unusual special quality of trust and intimacy in the sphere of such ancient exotic plants that have witness generations of human lives make promises and enjoy each other under their shade.


Asher Kelman: “Olive Trees By The Broad”

Doug Kerr

Well-known member

I'm not sure I understand the situation at ground level just around the tree roots. It looks like ice!


Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief

Elegant, concentrated simplicity!

The best photography is like this: select the commanding view and exclude distractions!



Doug Kerr

Well-known member

Fascinating those tree pictures. It is amazing that, Mandelbrot-like, as we move closer and closer to any given thing we see a new, and always wondrous, layer of detail.

And to think how relatively banal is the probably widespread view about ZIP code (yes, it is an acronym) 90210!

Best regards,


Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief

Thanks to your insight that there’s so much more to observe that we first notice or even pass by!