As everyone knows this is a Work-in-Progess (WIP). Since I am up here in the north I don't have access to your native hardwoods of the south. I would like to continue with updating this thread with the help of anyone interested. Take a look at the categories I've set up here and you can see alot are incomplete. What we need to complete the thread are images (in focus) of twigs, buds, overwintering flower buds, and bark. And a big help would be to add your comments on what distinguishes one species of oak from another or some tiny little structure of the tree that is unique, but can be seen my the naked eye or 10x magnification. I know the weather is getting kind of rough these days, but this time of year is probably the least busy for some. If anyone wants to contribute with photos, just IM me. What I want to make sure of is that any photo that is used, I will stamp the members forum user name on the image. So make sure the photo name contains your username and species. Photos that I solicit from you have to be within the 30 k and pixel limit. For images of buds there are some really nice digital cameras that some of you members have for good closeups. You might not think buds are important, but sometimes the difference from one species to the other can be the difference in bud scales or even the shape and arrangement of the buds. So have a look at the thread and see what is missing. I know one family that isn't even present yet and that is the magnolia family which includes the infamous Tulip Tree. Our biggest family is going to be Fagaceae (beech, oaks, chestnut) and Juglandacea (walnut, pecan) is nothing toe sneer at either.
I think the thread should be locked for reference and any existing posts can be split into another thread with help from our helpful admins.
When you IM me to make a contribution I will send you a message containing my email address, then you can send the image there. Thanks in advance everyone.