Tsuga canadensis var. marcel marceau supporting a fallen log

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someGuyinmasset on July 28, 2008

Bbk musta sidetracked me cause I meant to comment on this one. Better late than never- I like it. Guy.

Bits-n-Pieces on July 29, 2008

Thanks! You just being fashionably late, I know! There's a very cool history to the shape of this tree and the foot. I keep meaning to go out there and get better photos.

This is in Central Mass., probably 150 miles or so up from the southern NE coast, and in 1938 a huge surprise hurricane blew up the coast, killing quite a lot of people in the coastal areas. It still had so much force that when it got up to this area here, most of all the trees were blown down. Photos from then look an awful lot like at Mt. St. Helens.

Of course most areas were logged, or have been developed or cleared since then, so no traces really remain, but this plot out behind the place of one of my sisters is mostly state owned forest, and abuts a forestry study area, and so until another house went up abutting it recently, it had been pretty much untouched since the storm. Even 10 years ago, the corpses of the old trees remained, with all the new growth coming up through them, out of their rootballs, and on trees like this they remained hanging there with the formerly young trees they pushed over in 1938 growing wrapped around them. You could see the bolls and rootballs all laying in the one direction they were pushed into by the hurricane.

It's fascinated me since I realized why the area was so strange, but of course I never thought to try to get photos til now. And just 10 years or so further on, even most of the old trees have finally rotted away. But that's what has left the strange shapes in this shot and the foot, etc., without the evidence!

The really sad thing about this interesting area, though, is that most of the trees are Eastern Hemlock, which is being killed off by the Woolly Adelgid. So there may soon not even be much in the way of woods here at all. At least it's opening the canopy now to make it a little easier to shoot, but all the more reason for me to try to photograph! But I likely won't be out there again til October.

(oooops!!! - I'm sorry! I was serious for a bit there! Is it allowed for BnP to do that?)

someGuyinmasset on July 29, 2008

Interesting morphology of the area. And it's o.k to have a bit of seriousness thrown in now and then B-n-P, but maybe we should put you on a quota. In which case you've already used all of today's and dipped into tomorrow's. Guy.

Bits-n-Pieces on July 29, 2008

Does my new title make up for being perhaps too educational?

someGuyinmasset on July 29, 2008

No. Because I had to look up who Marcel Marceau was, but it's good you're back to your "normal" self.

Pennington Geis on October 28, 2009

Just happened on this -- and love it! Especially with all the "education"!.

Bits-n-Pieces on October 30, 2009

Thanks for finding this hidden shot Penny ! It's really too bad that most of the trees knocked over by the '38 hurricane are finally gone. It really used to be such a strange place to walk through with all the mounds from the old rootballs. But it's cool to be able to come across distorted trees like this one.

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Photo taken in Petersham State Forest, Athol, MA 01366, USA

Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 20, 2008
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    by Bits-n-Pieces
    • Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D60
    • Taken on 2008/06/21 19:10:25
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 24.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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