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Black Spruce | by blue corgi
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Black Spruce

Black spruce (Picea mariana) bogs are prevalent in northern Minnesota along the southern edge of the boreal forest zone. These slow-growing trees (the large tree in the foreground, which is less than 4 inches [10cm] in diameter is about 140 years old) are the most common tree in bogs. Further north in the boreal forest you may also find black spruce growing in the uplands, but in northern Minnesota they are mostly restricted to the bogs.


I like the filtered, patchy light here and the snowy backdrop that highlights the vertical trunks of the trees.

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Taken on March 24, 2011