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Lurking for months and finally joined :)

Hi Everyone,

I've been lurking on this board for awhile now and finally took the plunge and joined. I generally don't join discussion boards because I've found the discussion often devolves into childish name calling, but this appears to be a more mature group :)

I got really interested in trees last year after I had the opportunity to visit Sequoia National Park. The giant sequoia are spectacular. If you ever get the opportunity to visit, I highly recommend it. I live near Cleveland, Ohio, so we dont' have anything near that scale, but it got me interested in the conifers that are native to my area which are surprisingly few. I'm particularly intrigued by some Carolina Hemlock that are growing in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I saw a couple of threads on here about them so I was hoping to get more information on them.

Have a great day everyone!

Jason
by jasonbaker
Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:40 pm
 
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Re: Carolina hemlock genetics study

Steve,

Do you know if the genetics study for these trees has been completed yet? I'm not familiar with how long that process takes and I was curious if there was any new information. That would be really cool if the CVNP Carolina Hemlocks are a native population.
by jasonbaker
Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:54 pm
 
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Sequioa National Park Photos

I have some photos I took at Sequoia National Park last year that I would like to share. I took them with my iPhone and did the best I could with my limited photographic equipment. We had a great day in early February. The park was practically deserted and we got to enjoy these trees in relative solitude. I can't wait to get back to California to visit Sequoia again and the Humboldt region.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5539/12757289185_c389680151_c.jpg

I liked the way the light was shining throught these.

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Sugar pine, sequoia, and I think a ponderoas pine cone. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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A less gnarly, but still pretty big sequoia.

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This one was a littel touristy, but the light was great.

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My wife in front of nice sized tree for scale.
by jasonbaker
Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:07 pm
 
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Re: Lurking for months and finally joined :)

Hi Matt,

Thanks for the compliments on my website! Its been a hobby of mine for the last 15 years. I plan on using it as a means for sharing photos and stories about cool stuff I find in the forest. I'll share it here too :)

Cook forest is amazing. The character of the forest is so different from what usually grows here in the east. It's incredibly dark under the hemlock canopy and there are so few angiosperm trees there. My wife and I are going to try to visit it again along with the Smoky Mountains National Park this year. It's my understanding that there is a region in the Smoky Mountains that is considered a temperate rain forest. I haven't been to a temperate rain forest since I visited Olympic National Park back in 2007.

I'll check out the hemlock video this evening. My phone still has a 3G radio so most video viewing is hit or miss.

Have a good day!
by jasonbaker
Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:42 am
 
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Re: Spruce and Firs Native to Ohio?

Hi Brian,

It's good to meet another Ohioan that knows what I'm talking about!

I live in North Olmsted now, but I grew up in Lyndhurst. Like you, I was also unaware that many of the conifers growing in around Cleveland are not native. It's only been in the past year that I realized how many of the conifers around here are transplants. Even the Metroparks are full of non-native species. There are large stands of Norway spruce, scots pine, and red pine down in the Rocky River Reservation not to mention the dawn redwoods and bald cypress that are scattered down there.

The Norway spruces do seem to grow particularly well here. I've even found some saplings in a park that appear to be naturally reproducing.
by jasonbaker
Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:38 am
 
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Interesting Article on Vapors from Conifer Forests

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26340038

I didn't see this posted elsewhere on the site. If it's a duplicate, my apologies. The article refers back to an article published in Nature.
by jasonbaker
Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:10 pm
 
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Re: Costa Rica: Astounding high altitude "Grandfather Oak"

Really cool find! Is this the tallest angiosperm tree in North America now?
by jasonbaker
Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:18 pm
 
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Cook Forest Photos

My wife and I took a short trip to Cook Forest on Saturday. Here a few of the better photos I got. The hemlock forest is difficult to photograph.

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I think I took all of these along the Indian Trail. There were a lot of trees down on the trails and I saw a few bigger hemlocks down which was unfortunate. I heard that HWA had reached Cook Forest, but I did not see any evidence of their activity.
by jasonbaker
Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:35 pm
 
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Rocky River Reservation

I hiked around the Rocky River Reservation near my home and took some shots yesterday morning.

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One of the eastern red cedars that grows near the cedar point area of the park. There are actually some pretty sizeable red cedars in the park, not the scrubby ones you normally see along the road.

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Looks like some red oak leaves, but I'm not %100 certain about that.

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Rotting wood and leaves at the top of Fort Hill.

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Not really a tree shot, but black capped chickadees are ubiquitous in the forests near Cleveland. This one had just finished grabbing a see from my hand :)
by jasonbaker
Sun Oct 26, 2014 9:08 am
 
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Re: Rocky River Reservation

Thanks Matt! I've been goofing around with wider apertures to get the blurred background and create a dreamy effect. You may have seen this on Facebook, but this is another shot from the same area in the Rocky River Reservation of a downed tree. I don't remember the species though.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3845/15193279488_a3a8f1f30f_b.jpg

Nice shots Steve! I actually took those pictures of red oak and red cedar from around the same spot where you took those. I was just down there yesterday evening too and it looks like they closed the stairs near that spot for some repairs.
by jasonbaker
Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:09 pm
 
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Pine Cone Macros

I've been getting more into photography recently and have collected pine cones at various parks near my house. Most of them are not native species, but I do have a few decent shots of North American natives.

Here is a giant sequoia cone.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7425/15761215594_7e9aa9bf0c_b.jpg

Here is a Douglas fir of some sort. I'm not sure if it's a coast or Rocky Mountain variety.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7512/16157937497_8276fee484_b.jpg

And while not a native to North America, it goes along with this photo series, a Japanese larche cone.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8609/15669920753_5c3fd18e68_b.jpg
by jasonbaker
Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:02 pm
 
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