Utensils & Aspen

Photography Now & Then #28

Today’s photo: Kitchen utensils; January 28, 2018 (Pentax K-3 II)

Today’s photo1: Utensils in the kitchen; January 28, 2018 (Pentax K-3 II)

u·ten·sil
yo͞oˈtensəl/

noun

plural noun:
utensils

an implement, container, or other article, especially for household use.
synonyms: implement, tool, instrument, device, apparatus, gadget, appliance, contrivance, contraption, aid; informal: gizmo
“kitchen utensils”

Photo Favorite: Aspen golden autumn leaves, US 550, 11.9 miles from Silverton, Colorado, pull-out above Lime Creek (Pentax K-3 II)

Photo Favorite2: Aspen golden autumn leaves, US 550, 11.9 miles from Silverton, Colorado, pull-out above Lime Creek (Pentax K-3 II)

Quaking aspens are definitely one our favorite trees.  I was under the impression, though, that they were a western North America tree, so was quite surprised to learn how extensive their range is.

The quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) is the most widely distributed tree in North America, being found from Canada to central Mexico. It is the defining species of the aspen parkland biome in the Prairie Provinces of Canada and extreme northwest Minnesota. It is also the state tree of Utah.3

The quaking or trembling of the leaves that is referred to in the common names is due to the flexible flattened petioles. The specific epithet, tremuloides, evokes this trembling behavior and can be literally translated as “like (Populus) tremula”, the European trembling aspen.3


  1. Today’s Photo is a photo that is almost always taken the day of the blog post.  In some instances, posts may be backdated if internet access is not available on the day of the photo or other reasons prevent posting Photograph Now and Then.
  2. Photo Favorite is a randomly selected older photograph from a batch of photos specifically “curated” for Photograph Now and Then.
  3. Populus tremuloides – Wikipedia

Note: Reference links were accessed on the date the blog post was published, unless otherwise stated.

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