During my year of walking in the Swamp, I bought a couple of books on birds, and a book on trees and shrubs found in the region. The bird books came in handy for identifying what I was seeing. Most of them belonged here, and had clear identifiers.
The book on trees and shrubs proved less useful. There are so many varieties. So many look so much like another one, or another 100 varieties. It had a classification system, the overall size and shape, the texture and color of the bark, the size and shape of leaf, if the leafs are in clusters the arrangements, if there are flowers the number of petals. It would be a lifetime of study. We have a friend who is walking encyclopedia of garden bottony. It is easier to snap a photo and text it to Kel, she will know.
I am always moved by the perfection of a single bloom. The color, the form, the texture.