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Art by Florian Bong-Kil Grosse (Bare tree in a bare park among high-rise buildings)

Last week, I saw this photo at Tête, an artist-run gallery in Berlin. It’s part of an exhibition of new work by Florian Bong-Kil Grosse and Unn Fahlstrøm, on view through Sunday. Though Florian’s work in the show is not primarily about plants — it is a series of observations about the way people live in Korean cities — in several images, the photographer’s eye for plants is clear.

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Apartment building and trees which are titled at a 30 degree angle to the street.

When the fog lifts from gray San Francisco and Indian summer sun floods the up-and-down streets, the plants and buildings suddenly show their true colors in all their vividness. Some plants are painted on, others are trimmed into submission, while others grow into their own forms, whether creating sidewalk tunnels or two-dimensional trees. Here’s a little photo walk around San Francisco’s Mission and Noe Valley neighborhood back when the sun was shining.

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Some of Berlin’s best windows are Kindergarten windows. Unlike the kindergarten denoted by US English, which is part of primary school, a German Kindergarten or Kindertagestätte (Kita for short) is a pre-school day care. If the windows are any indication, a major part of Kindergarten here is decorating the rooms with cheery plants and animals—putting the Garten in Kindergarten and more urban plants on our sidewalks.

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Tree Attempting Escape from Unmarked White Van

In a recent comment, Phoebe reported: “I was driving to work from San Francisco, grabbed my camera, and took a shot through the windshield… Plants trying to escape from an unmarked white van. I smell a tree heist.”

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Berlin: For the birds

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A friendly neighbor appears to have turned a leafless urban plant into a corn tree for hungry winter birds. Have you spotted any urban trees turned into bird feeders?

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Countryside with dark blue dusk sky, streetlamp and tree

The view at the entrance to the country village on Christmas Eve: a birch tree by lamplight. Hope you all have been having a lovely holiday season.

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