Out on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area west of Kennebunk, Maine, there are a lot of White Birch saplings that have sprung up in dense clumps and bunches. I assumed they were growing from the stumps of old birches that were cleared, either by cutting or by fire, but on reflection that would not account for the number or the spread of the clumps. Maybe it is just a birch thing…the result of a whole birch catkin landing in one spot and many of the seeds sprouting together. However it happens, the clusters have a beauty of their own…difficult to capture in a photograph, but definitely beautiful. This shot from close in, taken at a small aperture for maximum depth of field, catches at least a little of what I see in the birch clumps. Sony RX10iv at 24mm. In-camera HDR. Program shift to f14 for depth of field. Processed in Polarr and the Light tool in Apple Photos.