When the white pines were clear cut from this area back in the lumber era, red pines were planted in their stead. Some of those stands are still around, and this one is about as old as they get. Sadly, a disease which is specific to red pines is making its way through the state. They are such a predominant tree in this area that if they were to be wiped out it would change the ecology of the area tremendously.
In other news, spring is showing signs of coming early this year, despite what the groundhog said on Feb. 2. I have never seen blackbirds return so early, and the cranes are already being heard! All of those things are two weeks earlier than usual.
Spring is very close now!!!