I of course had to visit my favorite parks for one last look at these very special places, home to two of my favorite trees. One is this bur oak on the Meadow Loop Trail in Wildwood Metropark.
I love the way it blends into the treeline here but maintains its own individuality.
The bur oak is a native tree, one of the major plants of the Midwestern savanna, and not as common in the Mid-Ohio Valley as it is further west. It tends to be more wide than tall, and I do love the spread of its branches.
My other favorite Toledo tree is the European copper beech in the botanical gardens--not one of our native plants, but, oh my.
That is a tree.
Stepping under the outer branches (yes, I do that sort of thing), you enter a different world.
I wouldn't be surprised if fairies lived here, assuming there are fairies in Ohio.