Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

From Dublin, Ireland.

These big, beautiful maple trees stand stately in the courtyard of Trinity College.  This is apparently an Oregon maple, Acer macrophyllum–the scientific name means “big leaf maple.”  They are not native to Ireland.  The story is that they were planted to help support the marshy ground; the big roots would stabilize and drain the earth so the nearby library would stop flooding and crumbling.

I found this fascinating booklet about Trinity’s trees in a Google search.  This tree is A5 in the legend.

We’ve definitely done this theme before, so I had to come up with something new this time!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

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2 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

  1. everydaystrangeblog April 24, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    Interesting, I’ve never heard of planting trees to solve a flooding issue before!

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