the REST of the pictures on this page will give you a better overall feel for this wood
white ash / Fraxinus americana
5" x 5" flat cut, 5" x 5" quartersawn, 1" wide end grain, and a 1/4" x 1/4" end grain closeup.
Ring porous with a slight transition phase from 3 or so rows of large pores starting the earlywood to a row or two of somewhat smaller pores before dropping off to almost no pores showing as the latewood starts and then increasing density of small latewood pores until sparse but noticeable confulent parenchyma occurs towards the end of the latewood. Rays are present but barely visible with a 10X loupe. Ray flakes on quartersawn surfaces are small to nonexistent.
The literature always advises pre-drilling ash for screws and boy howdy is that not a joke. The one time I tried to screw into American white ash, I very carefully pre-drilled with the recommended size for the screw I was using and it was impossible to get the screw to go in. Eventually I applied so much force the head snapped off and this was a steel screw.
Also, baseball bats and ax handles are made from white ash (hickory is the preferred wood for ax handles but ash works just fine)
A NOTE ABOUT ASH SPECIES IN THE USA
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions