single tree throughout the year. Fall is a great time to collect colorful tree leaves, and ripe
seeds are often available, too. Winter is a good time to sketch a silhouette of the tree, as
it’s most plainly visible then. You can also snip a twig with buds on it. In spring, you can
photograph the buds as they swell and collect the tree’s flowers when they pop. Summer
is a good time to take a bark sample or rubbing and to finish out the collection with some
green leaves. Putting these parts together creates a comprehensive picture of a tree – one
that’s impossible to see in a single encounter in nature.
Here are just a few techniques to turn a tree collection into a permanent display.
A sugar maple display