October 07, 2015

More Unusually Late Green Foliage

Today in Montpelier i encountered a yellow birch in a northern hardwood forest with no visible color change at all! on October 7th! Also the staghorn sumac which usually is an early changer was still mostly green. The sugar maples are changing but are a less vibrant yellow with brown spots... same as the trees in our yard.

The anomaly is spotty because looking another direction there are many vibrant trees. The red maples seem as red as ever in most cases.

Will continue monitoring as it appears to be an unusual phenomena related to climate change or at least to the unusually warm September. We are getting into the time of year where the mountains sometimes start getting snow, and if the trees up high do not lose their leaves soon they could be damaged.

Posted on October 07, 2015 07:26 AM by charlie charlie | 3 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

October 05, 2015

Anomalous fall foliage patterns

Took a couple of drives and hikes last weekend to check out fall foliage. In several cases we observed an odd pattern. In the valleys and lowlands the foliage is not too far behind,w ith brilliant red maples and sugar maples. The red maples in the wetlands are especially vivid. However, when one goes up to 1500-2000 feet in elevation the trees are still TOTALLY GREEN with essentially no fall color either in Hazen's Notch or on top of Irish Hill in Berlin. I am hearing the same from others. No idea what is behind this odd pattern, usually the high elevation trees go early for obvious reasons. There seems to be more to it than just cold air drainage.

September was extremely warm, in many places the warmest september in record. It makes sense that the foliage would be late, but the pattern that it is following is very odd.

Posted on October 05, 2015 06:15 AM by charlie charlie | 6 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

September 28, 2014

Lost Hikes

Today was an interesting day... tried to get to the Long Trail north from route 2... the first attempt was a section that didn't yet exist, the second attempt had no parking due to road construction. Tried to go to the hike behind the Youth Conservation Center and ended up taking a wrong turn. Ended up on a beautiful ridge in dry oak forest with an incredible view of foliage-rich hills and mountains towards Mount Mansfield. Our hiking was accompanied by the plop of many falling acorns. A good little hike despite all the obstacles to get there!

Posted on September 28, 2014 07:22 PM by charlie charlie | 29 observations | 5 comments | Leave a comment

September 25, 2014

Downer Glen

Descended into Downer Glen in Manchester today to look for old forest. This is the sort of place which, while near populated areas, is true wilderness and almost never visited. There are a few beer cans on the scramble down, probably thrown from the overlook above (site of bracken observation), and I found a mysterious golf ball on some miserably inaccessible slope (maybe hit from across the canyon?) but otherwise there were no signs of humans. The forest on the south slopes is definitely old-growth, and was probably never logged at all, because it takes scrambling on hands and knees over loose talus and through hobblebush to even get there.

It would have probably been easier to explore and then go back the way I came. The 'adventure' I went on had a very long hobble-and-wet-talus scramble with lots of holes to twist your ankle and such.

There is said to be a nice waterfall in the canyon but I didn't have time to search for it, being here for work to look at the forest. There was a point where I wondered if I'd get back to the car before dark... thankfully my second attempt to get back across the canyon was successful.

Posted on September 25, 2014 05:01 PM by charlie charlie | 10 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

August 23, 2014

Trip 9 - marshfield (Trip)

This is test Trip created from BioCaching mobile app

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August 20, 2014

Trip 5 - test (Trip)

This is test Trip created from BioCaching mobile app

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January 10, 2013

Sketch Plant IDs

For those who are wondering about the plant sketches and the associated IDs... the ID was provided by the excellent Vermont botanists/ecologists Cathy Paris and Liz Thompson (and in the case of some ferns Dave Barrington) so if it looks wrong, it is due to the sketch, not the initial plant id. Some of them can't be verified to research grade but I still think they are fun. Haven't had much time to sketch lately, and it's not too fun outdoors in the winter anyway... but maybe next spring.

Posted on January 10, 2013 03:24 PM by charlie charlie | 2 comments | Leave a comment

May 13, 2012

Skylight Pond, May 13, 2012

Trees leafing out at the bottom, with spring ephemerals winding down... midway up the spring ephemerals were in full swing. At the top, the moss layers are really greening up under the conifers.

Posted on May 13, 2012 04:00 PM by charlie charlie | 30 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment