An explanation for the “Acadian Forest Love Affair”

Participants in our October field trip to the old forest by Sandy Lake (Bedford, NS) will recall the embrace of a yellow birch and a hemlock. It was hard to see it as totally accidental. A little literature research suggests that indeed, it isn’t.

I first viewed this intimate association on the summer solstice (2017): a pair of yellow birch and hemlock seemed to be growing from the same base (photo at top left) their trunks ascending to the skies in tandem. I immediately thought of it as an “Acadian Forest Love Affair”.

Subsequently, with my eyes open to this forest affair, I viewed a half dozen or more other such couples.
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