BC: THE END
FC: My Favorite Tree by Jocelyn
1: I grew up in Angola, Indiana and have always loved going to the lakes and enjoying the nature during the Spring and Summer months in my hometown. About a year ago, I visited lake George Marina and spotted this beautiful Weeping Willow Tree.
2: One of my close friends became the new owner of Lake George Marina and I asked him if he would allow me to observe the tree and learn more about it since I was so fascinated with the tree. He did not mind at all, and I immediately began thinking of ways I could learn more about the tree. I knew I would need a magnifying glass, a measuring tape, a camera, a pencil and paper, and some books to take with me to help me with identifying parts of this tree.
3: When I first started observing the tree, I did not know that it was definitely a Weeping Willow. I had to do research using the leaves, twigs, and bark from the tree to find out that it was indeed aWeeping Willow. The official name of a Weeping Willow is Salix Sepulcrlis. I also learned that a Weeping Willow is one of the fastest growing shade trees and can grow up to ten feet a year. Weeping Willows also have the ability to absorb standing water. After learning this fact, I asked the owner if that is why the tree is at Lake George Marina, and he said yes. Since Lake George Marina is built on a slant, the rain could cause flooding to surrounding areas, and that is why the Willow is there. Weeping Willows are also good at adapting to whatever type of soil they are in. They can even help lessen soil erosion.
4: During my observations, I found the bark on the Weeping Willow to be very interesting. I found out that Willows have abundant watery bark, which did not surprise me since I already knew that this specific tree could soak up a lot of water. Its sap is also charged with salicylic acid. This was new to me! The roots of the Weeping Willow are huge and stick out of the ground. These trees are known for being strong and being able to live through anything.
6: Most importantly, I learned that Willows benefit the environment in numerous ways. Willow trees produce a high amount of natural energy in the environment, and they are used in some countries as an energy crop. Willows are sometimes grown to make charcoal, too. Many animals also have habitats in or around Willow trees because they are safe, sturdy, and dependable. These trees can be great for artwork, sculptures, and even just their simple beauty.
7: My favorite thing about my favorite tree is that it serves so many purposes for me personally. I can sit in it or under it and watch the sun set, read a book, write in my journal, go fishing with my friends, or simply just relax. I feel like this Weeping Willow watches over me and the rest of the lake because it was here before us and will probably be here after us! Hopefully others can find a tree as special as this one.