translucent tree

by Martin Hallinger

doctoral student

Greifswald University

Thin-sections of tree or shrub wood reveal morphological structures like cell size and the borders of annual rings: The information obtained by measuring these characteristics can supply a large array of information about morphological and anatomical processes, wood formation and climatic influences on shrub or tree growth. For me, a picture like this shows the immense beauty of structures normally hidden from the human eye; sometimes resembling the colourful glass windows of churches.

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