Winter trees: last chance?

I'm hoping this is my last winter trees post for this season, as surely spring is just a week or two away, right?

A need to stretch my legs let me discover these wonderful trees at a rest area somewhere between Springfield (Illinois) and St. Louis. Mainly sycamores, which are probably the best trees to see around here in the sunlight against a blue late winter sky.


I started snapping photos because of this oak that was just covered with galls:

Have you ever seen so many galls?

And that led my eye to one of the sycamores that still held seed pods -- not galls even though they look very similar:

Then it was just time spent enjoying the smooth bark of these beauties, their forms half-lit and half in shadow...

...and even the picnic table shelter's roof looked good to me:

Surely when it's time for my next trip the leaves will be visible, right?


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Jean Tuthill  – (February 25, 2016 at 7:22 AM)  

Your pictures are beautiful. What do you suppose caused so many galls? Any idea?

Alan  – (February 25, 2016 at 7:47 AM)  

Jean: I suspect it might be that this is one of the only oak trees in the vicinity, as the rest area was surrounded by farmland. I'm not a gall expert though.

Mark and Gaz  – (February 25, 2016 at 11:36 AM)  

Fingers crossed although they are beautiful in their own right.

Renee  – (February 25, 2016 at 7:02 PM)  

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

outlawgardener  – (February 26, 2016 at 9:13 AM)  

Why, the unmitigated gall! They are fascinating and I've never seen an oak with so many. Beautiful smooth bark and blue sky!

Alan  – (February 26, 2016 at 2:30 PM)  

Peter always answers every question I ask in my posts. :)

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