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 Forest Quilt

I liked the way the afternoon sun was shining on this hillside, illuminating the multi-textured landscape that once was completely cleared of trees, briefly farmed, and abandoned to regrow into the quilted forest we see today.
Fall Oaks
The trees still holding their rusty leaves are red and black oaks. The barren trees in the lower right are chestnut oaks, having already lost their leaves to the season. The scattered evergreens are eastern white pines, just beginning to peek above the main canopy. As they approach their early middle age, they will continue to grow high above all others, adding volume to their giant cylindrical trunks.

White pines are often the colonizers of old fields, but not always. Near the center of the photo is a fluffy patch of leafless red maples, a pure stand that has grown from a relatively recently abandoned field. Sometimes the future forest just depends on what trees are producing good seeds in a particular year.

Way in the back is a red pine plantation. Here humans decided to plant a species of choice and add one more square to the great forest quilt.

The photograph above was taken one year ago today at Mohonk, Shawangunk Mountains, New York.

Whiteface Mountain from Big Cherrypatch Pond

It was a balmy November’s day by North Country standards. T-shirt weather for many a local. You could watch Whiteface lose its snow by the hour. In the evening, most was gone!

A perfect day to do some rambling. Not the easiest stroll to the end of Cherrypatch Pond, but well worth the view.
Whiteface From Big Cherrypatch Pond - Panorama
A panorama of Whiteface Mountain, Cherrypatch Pond, and a nice grove of eastern white pine.

Whiteface from Big Cherrypatch Pond
Whiteface Mountain, elevation 4,865 feet.

Whiteface from Big Cherrypatch Pond - Zoomed In
Note the weather observatory on the summit.

Photos taken today from Big Cherrypatch Pond, Adirondack Mountains, New York.