Remember this picture? Probably not. It was part of a post about telling the difference between aspen and birch trees. Here's how the tops of those trees look at this time of year.
Basically the aspen is on the right, and the birch on the left, although there is really only one birch, with quite a few aspen. Can you see how the branches grow differently? The birch is very finely divided, and the twigs are all dark. The aspen is much more coarse.
Here they are a few days later, with the buds starting to swell.
Finally, here is the bark. You can see that the birch is much whiter, with dark branches, while the aspen has both gray trunk and branches.
Took a few pictures of birds that weren't there any more. Maybe tomorrow I'll catch one!
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