The physical intimacy of yellow birch and hemlock often observed in old Acadian forest is more than a coincidence
In a post on this website last summer, Summer Solstice reflections (June 23, 2017), I commented on “the intimate proximity of a large diameter yellow birch and a smaller hemlock” which I dubbed “An Acadian Forest Love Affair”.
It’s not by coincidence that the current header image for this website (above) shows another such couple, in their winter garb.
The more of these I viewed, the more it seemed that this close co-occurrence of yellow birch and hemlock could not be purely coincidental.
After a lot more observation and a little literature research, I have come up with an explanation, of sorts.