|Tree Spirit (Cucumber Magnolia [Magnolia acuminata])|
This tree is also called "blue magnolia." It casts the loveliest shade ever from its big, rounded soft green leaves.
According to Wikipedia, cucumber magnolia is fairly common in Appalachia but not so common here in the south, and in Canada it is an endangered species.
This particular tree grows on the 80-acre ULM field biology lab near Columbia, La., along a high ridge.