hmm interesting bit of Southern IL Tupelo information

There is cross pollination of wisdom shared between eco printers. For instance when comparing prints an Alabama friend mentioned a love for sourwood and black gum leaf prints, I didn't recognize the trees as a southern IL bloomer so I settled with vicariously experiencing through her delight. On reflection I'm thinking her reference to Black Gum is a variety of Tupelo, such shame I missed a good conversation because of the criss crossing  names. The tree directly in view through my work window has been difficult for me to exactly identify in part because of the varied names, until I am 100% certain I'm going to hypothetically say it is Tupelo. 
Part of learning a tree is observation through seasonal cycle, recording bloom and or fruit, bark texture, color change. Although its leaves a favorite print all summer and especially fall, I really never purposed carefully study. There is a saying something like "have to know what you want to find it" this is often true when gathering intelligence.  Because I am easily intoxicated without question or thought by nature's charismatic wildness, I'm setting my mental GPS on Southern Il tupelo this year. Most likely squeal both my brakes and in delight for new Tupelo sightings and result in more than a fair share of this years prints be gathered Tupelo leaves. 

As is favorites, repeatedly sharing the same images, but clearly Tupelo print and gathered windfall.
The warm brown simple leaf print are made from the reddish and golden gathered leaf

The Illinois Wild Flowers web image certainly looks like my tree, reads like my tree too
 Nyssa aquatica (Water Tupelo), prefers swamps with standing water and areas along major rivers that are frequently flooded. It is a tall tree (up to 100') with a long straight trunk that is swollen at the base; Water Tupelo is a frequent associate of Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum). This tree is also restricted to southern Illinois. It differs from Black Tupelo by having larger fruits (up to 1" long) that are borne individually, rather than in sessile clusters. It also has longer petioles. Sometimes, trees in this genus are assigned to the Dogwood family (Cornaceae).

Interesting, because I haven't had magic with Dogwood Leaf prints so typically pass by gathering their windfalls. ~ perhaps I will incorporate some further investigation into that with my Tupelo printing.

Inconsequential BUT
I did find this lovely reference Fayette County, AL Forestry Planning Committee Tree Identification Signs and was able to confirm my Alabama friend's Black Gum as "Nyssa" 
as well the differential to Sourwood

 my friend's sourwood print image are similiar to Tupelo moreso, understandable how easily information exchanged on print alone can be lead to {allbeit exciting exchange} 
most often assumptions. 

[more interesting is 70 degree weather in mid Southern IL March with a weekend forecast for 30 degrees and snow]  Perhaps tomorrow I will see if my tree is budding and record the technical issues with this seasons weather.