Yes, poplars look like giant feathers poked in the ground, here bedraggled by the onset of winter.
‘In November the poplars were like bedraggled gull-feathers stuck in the ground.’
Source: Henry Williamson, Tarka the Otter: His joyful water-life and death in the two rivers, illus. C.F. Tunnicliffe (Harmondsworth: Puffin Books, 1976 (1927)), p. 91
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