Chestnuts and dense forests

I came across this tree yesterday which appears to be an American Chestnut. It was on the edge of a power line clearing. I’ve seen many small chestnuts , but none this size with nuts forming

The forest in Vermont is very dense – particularly the understory – with small beech trees, ferns, and hobble bush. As the elevation increases to near 4000 feet, there are more spruces and firs (balsam firs have a great conifer scent)


My humble abode

Lots of fungi

A toad and a frog

Fowler’s toad?

Green frog

A rare view

A few others

Northern New England is a special place


Beaver work, mud, and boulders

Two active beaver pond shots (see the lodge in the second one?)

An abandoned pond turned into a meadow 

Beautiful streams 

Huge boulders, many topped with moss and some have trees growing on them with roots reaching to the earth below 

Even an old stumps serve to grow plants

A bit muddy

Some nice plants

Enjoying Vermont (just passed Bennington)


The Green Mountain State

Just passed into Vermont – the AT runs with the Long Trail for 100 miles on this area:

Very muddy here so the bog bridges come in handy

Lots of huge granite boulders

This one looked like a loaf of bread, sliced thickly

No need for the bad weather route today

Yesterday, I crossed the Hoosic River on this fun bridge

A few more: 

Black cherry trees were bombing me with these little green cherries. Notes the dark bak with “plates” that resemble burnt corn flakes 

New England is quite nice this time of year!


Mount Greylock

Just came down from Massachusetts’ tallest peak (elevation 3491)

Bascom Lodge (good burgers)

Panorama (VT and NH to the left, MA to the right):

Renovated tower on top

Crossing the Massachusetts turnpike a few days ago

Inching toward Maine:

Studying tree bark (spruce?)

Thankful that people preserve wild places:

All for now,


The beech tree and tree bark

The beech tree is noted for its smooth bark, often carved into:

Sadly, the great majority of them in this part of the country have bark disease which renders them practically unrecognizable, and eventually kills them

It’s apparently been around for a long time, and started up north.

On a brighter note, the bark of the ironwood (also known as muscle wood or blue beech) is quite beautiful. It has a unique texture and feels like bulging muscles.

Also beautiful is the bark of the yellow birch

Pulling for the beech tree,


Storm a coming

Quick entry as I try to get ahead a of an approaching storm.

Some shots from today and yesterday

Wood sorrel

Beaver work

And a few more from the day

Lots of signs of the work of beavers – active ponds, and some that have been abandoned and are converting to meadows.

LOTS of mosquitos!!