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Problems? Your computer may refuse to show anything other than an empty box. If so, and you are using Windows 7 as the webmaster does, fixing the problem is most simple. Print the image you will come to here & follow the few instructions. In other browsers I presume that you would follow the same approach i.e. get to the 'Java' program on your computer & fix the security level.

Of course you do need to install 'Java' to be able to see it. Easily done! It installs quickly & it is free. Just click on 'Free Java Download' here.

A lovely copyrighted image of the blossom of the Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) which appears here courtesy of photographer Steven J. Wolf. Steven, a Professor of Botany at California State University Stanislaus, at Turlock, California, invites you to visit his website. The original image is here. Steven, we thank you!

The webmaster would like to especially thank Steven Wolf for permitting this spectacular image to be displayed in this way. Steven does NOT like his images cropped (necessary for use with the Lake Applet) & could well have requested therefore that I NOT use his image. Had he done so, I would, of course, comply. I do know that this page brings me pleasure each time I see it & hope & trust that visitors to the site will feel the same way.

There is an amazing quantity of information available via the WWW on the Tulip Tree, often called the Yellow Poplar. In fact it is not a poplar tree at all but rather of the magnolia family. It grows from the deciduous forests of western Ontario, Canada, across the eastern third of the United States as far south as the Gulf coast & westward to Arkansas. It often grows to 150 feet & can grow to 200 feet. Millions of years ago, when the earth's climate was warmer, the tulip tree & its close relatives were widely distributed over the  northern hemisphere. Today only one related species grows in China.

It is, I learn, the state tree of Indiana, Kentucky, & Tennessee. Like the walnut, the tree requires deep rich soil, moist & well-drained. To the pioneers, its growth was sure evidence of  good farmland. Its blossom, so well photographed in Steven Wolf's image, is greenish-yellow & orange-centered.

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