From the Archives . . .

A giant kauri tree in New Zealand back in the Spring of 2004.Kauri

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How a True Champion Keeps On Growing

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!
The Blithewood Maple
Photographed November 29th, 2015 at the Blithewood Estate, Bard College, New York.

The Point Au Roche Green Ash

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

The Point Au Roche Green Ash 1
The Point Au Roche Green Ash 2
Photographed on Halloween, 2015 at Point Au Roche State Park, Clinton County New York.

The Bulbous Pine

A warm day in the Adirondacks. Perfect weather to visit a new friend.

The Bulbous Pine 1
“The Bulbous Pine”

The Bulbous Pine 2
Note the secondary trunk. Growths like these will always bloat the circumference of a tree.

The Bulbous Pine 3
Basal scar on opposite side, perhaps the result of a past forest fire. Wounds like these will also cause “circumference bloating.”

The Bulbous Pine 4
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.

Magnificent Cedars

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.
Two Giant Cedars
Photographed and measured today, November 8th, 2015 in the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness, Adirondack Park, New York.

The Sacred One

January 4th, 2015

Dreary, rainy, gray weather the majority of the day, but a slight improvement late in the afternoon. I decided to hit the woods to fight off some Adirondack cabin fever. Not far from town I wandered up an unexplored (at least by me) hillside. My thermometer read 46°F, only confirming why the world around me was melting. I shot some dripping icicles under a ledge. The ground was still covered in snow, deep in some places, but becoming patchy in others.
Icicles
Up above, clearly exposed to the elements was a magnificent, old white pine. It was gnarly, scarred, and full of character. One of its lower limbs, coated with green lichens laid broken at its base. It was freshly snapped. If I had to guess, the damage was done from a recent Nor’easter that hit the region December 9th -11th, downing trees with its heavy wet snow and ice. I measured the great pine’s diameter, carefully skirting around the short ledge it was growing from. 37.5 inches.
The Sacred One
As I photographed The Sacred One, the clouds began to break apart and quickly heralded in a gorgeous red sunset.
Cold temperatures are predicted for tonight. The saturated snow from today will be solid ice by tomorrow.

Photographs taken today in Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, Adirondack Mountains, New York.