My Old Growth Forest

Most of the land where my home is located is actually an old growth hardwood and Hemlock forest.

Entering the woods, the house is at the top of a hill.

Deeper into the woods, this ancient American Beech hugs the side of a deep gully.

Moss covered remains of past giants are scattered over the forest floor.

Jeanne and Ron’s log cabin sits atop a high bluff across the gully.

At the bottom of the woods are Ron’s two ponds, and a large meadow. Carolina Rhododendron line the banks of the pond, and have already set their buds for the spectacular flowers that will bloom in late May.

The ponds flow over a small waterfall and into Otter Creek, which winds it way under Otter Creek Road at the bottom of the valley. A very old American Beech has seen better days, and is one of eight huge Beech trees in the forest. More rhododendron await warmer weather.

Heading back up the steep slope, the Hickory trees reach for the light.

An old Hickory is hugged by a young American Beech.

Speaking of hugging, the largest tree in the forest is an old Hemlock that is over a hundred feet tall and nearly nine feet around at its base.

Walking back through the forest, the house is barely visible, even during the winter when all the hardwood trees are bare. Only one pine tree is in the woods, and it’s an old Short Leaf Pine that is one of the tallest trees of all.

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