Summer is finally here which means hot days! On these hot muggy days, we are reminded of one of the most basic benefits trees provide- shade.
We'd love to hear from you....where do you go to find shade?
Several summers ago I made this thermal image while at VTC of sun on a sidewalk (orange = 105F), the sun on green grass (light blue = 81F) and grass under the shade of a large tree (dark blue = 67F). Sorry I don't remember what air temperatures were but probably 85 or so. This is a simple example. In urban environments the contrast can be much, much greater.
Enjoy some shade tomorrow and let's all promise to do something—anything really—to create more or maintain what we have.
This is a great image John. It really tells the story. I was driving by a highschool the other day and all the students were outside. While they had a large green space to hang out on, most were enjoying the shade under the two tree that were on opposite end of the green. I wish I had a camera at that moment.
Hemlocks have to be my messiest, high cleanup tree, (well, next to black walnut by far) but they're such a joy in the summer! They trap that moisture and it's at least 10 degrees cooler under their canopy. They even look cooler. Wish I could lounge there all summer...