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.
This past Thanksgiving I was lucky enough to get a chance to take my kayak out for a paddle on Lake Placid. It was cold, gray, and peaceful. Two bald eagles (one photographed) shared the aura with me.
Photographed November 27th, 2014 on Lake Placid, Adirondack Mountains, New York.
The most famous waterfall in the Catskills.
Photographed November 29th, 2014 in the Catskill Mountains, New York.
A few notes and highlights from yesterday’s jaunt through the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness:
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.
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.
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.
A panorama of Whiteface Mountain, Cherrypatch Pond, and a nice grove of eastern white pine.
Whiteface Mountain, elevation 4,865 feet.
Note the weather observatory on the summit.
Photos taken today from Big Cherrypatch Pond, Adirondack Mountains, New York.
Photographed one year ago today at Mohonk Lake, Shawangunk Mountains, New York.
Photographed this evening on Mirror Lake, Lake Placid, Adirondack Mountains, New York.