|Large buttressed trunk of an old Black cottonwood in Beacon Hill Park|
Some of the larger trees are buttressed at the base forming a broad trunk of deeply furrowed grey bark.
|Furrowed, aged trunk|
The grove is filled with long grass with wild flowers scattered through it. This area is wetter than others in the park, as the cottonwoods enjoy soils that are occasionally partially waterlogged.
Not only are these these trees large at the base, but they are very tall as well. The large canopies filter the light that reaches the grassy meadow below.
|The grove's large trees are tall as well as fat|
Another interesting feature is more difficult to see. Way up high in the canopy of one of these giant deciduous trees is an eagle nest. There is no such thing as a small eagle nest.
|Eagle nest in one of the grove's cottonwoods, photo by Friends of Beacon Hill Park|
|Wet, grassy area good for the thirsty cottonwoods|
Beacon Hill Park is conveniently located south of downtown Victoria. The Black cottonwood grove is south of Goodacre Lake along Douglas Street.
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