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)


Spruce:

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

J

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)

J

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!

J

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,

Junco

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,

Junco

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!!

Hustling, 

Junco