From a distance we can often identify a tree species by the shape or form of its canopy. From beneath a tree looking up this is no longer apparent, but we can see the structure of its branches extending outward and upward from the main trunk. The top-most branches are fine and wispy and the leaves they support are exposed to the most intense sunlight. And for trees such as these black maples this may be critical for growth and development.
About the Author: Carl Kurtz
Carl Kurtz is a nature photographer from Iowa. His website can be found at www.carlkurtz.com.