I went a little off the trail today so I could show you another type of birch tree. This is a paper birch (also called white birch).
Some birds use the bark strips for their nests. Thin layers were once used for writing paper.
The outer bark is waterproof and was used by Native Americans to make canoes and containers.
Back home in the garden a dainty white dahlia with a golden-glowing center. Appreciate deeply the natural world. It is at the center of every one of us. 💚 Peace