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Arborglyphs

In an earlier post, about American beech, I included a shocking confession: I tend not to get all hot and bothered when I see that someone has carved letters or an image into the bark of a tree. I know it’s wrong to injure a tree willy-nilly, but I can’t help myself. It’s the romantic in me, and maybe also the professor of literature and history.

Carvings on a beech tree in New York’s Central Park — is that an image of a tree carved on this tree?

It goes back quite a ways, this practice of carving upon trees.

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