Populus tremuloides, The Life and Love of Trees, Art Wolfe

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Tanana River Valley, Alaska
Species: Populus tremuloides
Photographer: Art Wolfe
The white bark of these aspens makes them seem to almost glow from within in the low northern light of the Tanana River Valley, Alaska. Aspens may seem delicate, with their fluttering leaves, but they are immensely successful, spreading across the boreal forests at the edge of the northern temperate zone. With their strong root system and ability to quickly clone, they often benefit from forest fires, being able to quickly regrow and take space from other species.

From The Life & Love of Trees by Lewis Blackwell. Image © Art Wolfe