The Blithewood Maple (also known as the All Saint’s Maple) still stands on the Bard College campus after being struck by lightening and possibly torched by vandals. In 1985, the tree was recognized as New York’s champion red maple, but later lost this title after lightening greatly reduced its size. Then, in the spring of 2005, the tree caught on fire “under mysterious circumstances.” Estimated to be around 350 years old, this tenacious tree is still champion in my eyes!
Photographed November 29th, 2015 at the Blithewood Estate, Bard College, New York.
I love to think how in its eons of existence, no two days have ever looked the same from this spot.
December 4th, 2015
December 3rd, 2015
November 25th, 2015
November 2nd, 2015
October 22nd, 2015
October 16th, 2015
One of the grandest white oaks I’ve ever seen.
Photographed July 11th, 2015 in Bedford, New York.
As it steadily rains outside my window on this first day of December, I think back to October when we actually had some snow!
Photographed October 18th, 2015 in the High Peaks Wilderness, Adirondack Park, New York.
New York’s current State Champion green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica). (BIG for a green ash!)
Circumference: 146.1 inches (46.5 inches in diameter)
Height: 67 feet
Average Crown Spread: 55 feet
Total Points: 227
Photographed on Halloween, 2015 at Point Au Roche State Park, Clinton County New York.
A warm day in the Adirondacks. Perfect weather to visit a new friend.
“The Bulbous Pine”
Note the secondary trunk. Growths like these will always bloat the circumference of a tree.
Basal scar on opposite side, perhaps the result of a past forest fire. Wounds like these will also cause “circumference bloating.”
Measuring in at 156.1 inches in circumference (49.7 inches in diameter). The growth form of this pine would be considered non-typical, but absolutely impressive nonetheless!
Photographed and measured today in the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness, Adirondack Park, New York.
Two immense northern white cedars found in the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness. The left tree has a diameter of 31.5 inches and the right tree, 37.5. These individuals are unusually massive for the northeastern United States.
Photographed and measured today, November 8th, 2015 in the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness, Adirondack Park, New York.
October 18th, 2015
From Mount Van Hoevenberg, High Peaks Wilderness, Adirondack Park, New York.