In honor of the drive-thru Sequoia

Our country lost The Pioneer Cabin Tree at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. It was toppled in a massive storm system 01/08/2017. I have never seen the incredible sequoias of the West coast. But there are some pretty large and ancient trees here in southern Maryland in Chapman Forest.  Please visit them if you get a chance. They don’t live forever. Storms will topple them eventually.big-tree-1

I think that’s some kind of oak based on the leaves at the bottom of the tree. Please tell me what it really is if you know! It looks like 2 trees but it’s one. I’ve got to learn to take better pictures of these big trees and also to do a better job identifying them when I see them. It’s embarrassing that I can’t identify trees at my age… It’s not like they’re wild flowers…


Same applies to this one. Notice dog checking out burrow in right side of tree trunk.


This is a beech tree for sure. Finally! One positive identification! Don’t you love the color of the bark and the base of the tree? Normally we see small beech trees in succession forest areas. Their leaves look like parchment paper this time of year. You may notice them when you are driving. You may also see small holly trees with them.


This is top of same beech tree.


Maybe a sycamore? The other trees around it are dwarfed but they are not small trees.


Here’s the tree’s top. I thought it was a tulip poplar because the trunk is so straight but the top is white like a sycamore and I don’t see any tulips up in the branches.

I will try to do a better job of photographing these trees in the spring.


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Carrie Staples

Author, illustrator of "The Yarn Animal Book", probably the only craft book with instructions for making such unique yarn animals as an orangutan, an ant eater, a llama and a star-nosed mole and "The Single Minded Prince, a fairy tale for all ages about a boy and a pirate captain who both misbehave. The books and a booklet series based on each different yarn craft topic covered in "The Yarn Animal Book" (pompoms and other really easy yarn crafts, knitting, crocheting, rya, needlepoint and embroidery), are available on Amazon and Kindle.

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