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
A rare view
A few others
Northern New England is a special place
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!
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 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,
Quick entry as I try to get ahead a of an approaching storm.
Some shots from today and yesterday
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!!