A romantic tree. Heart tree. Cimetière - Cimetary, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, Montréal, Québec, Canada. Photo by Vincent Lepage (Cosmos59), via Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/60419108@N00/262529780/).
Funny story about birch trees. In Cree culture, there was this trickster Wischayachack (hope I spelled it right) who was stealing Grandmother's fish. After too many fish were stolen from her, she placed a curse of scabs on his flesh. Wischayachack peeled the scabs off his flesh and threw them to the white birch trees. He peeled and peeled, but the curse never let up. Every time I see a birch tree, I reminded of the Grandmother who got back at the Trickster.