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Rocky River Reservation

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

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.

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

Rotting wood and leaves at the top of Fort Hill.

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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Old Growth Redwood Photos


As an introductory post I'd like to share some of my old growth redwood photography.

I'd like to re-shoot a lot of these locations since upgrading to a full frame DSLR, but I'm unfortunately too far away to make weekend trips these days. Though, I will be taking a couple of extended trips up to RNP for off-trail exploration toward the end of the year. If the rhododendron bloom is decent in 2015, I'll be back up to shoot that as well. If I have any new photos worth sharing, I'll add to this thread.

by MaxF
Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:41 pm
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Klamath/Siskiyou Mountain Diversity

I have noticed lots of redwood talk on this site, and though rightfully deserved, I thought I could make a post of the nearby Klamath and Siskiyou mountains.

Located roughly from southern Oregon down to northern California, these mountains have some of the highest conifer diversity in world, with the "miracle mile" located in the Russian wilderness hosting 17 species of conifers in one square mile. The botanical diversity is a result of a moderate climate that receives influence from the pacific coast, lack of major glacierization, and a unique topography that harbors many different and variable microclimates. Serpentine soils, which lack much needed macronutrients but are high in calcium and magnesium, create a frugal way of life only certain species of plants can evolved with. Finally, because of the relatively inaccessible terrain, many areas were never heavily logged or never logged at all.

I know the happy camp fire this summer burned up a large chunk of the Marble Mts wilderness, including one mountain ridge over from the miracle-mile at sugar creek, which has so much fuel on the ground it wouldnt stand a chance.

In terms of size, no doubt there are some unrecognized champion species in there. If there are any NTS folk looking for champions, I would skip the redwoods and head a bit east.

Notable mentions:
Hancock lake, Marble Mt wilderness-Hosts most southern population of silver fir DSC03582.jpg DSC03585.jpg
Bear lake, Trinity wilderness-Massive ponderosa pines (dont know if they are record holders) DSC03659.JPG DSC03660.JPG
Devils Punchbowl, Siskiyou Mts- Most southern pop of Alaskan yellow cedar
Mt. Eddy, Shasta-Trinity Mts- Large population of foxtail pine, most eastern population of Port-Orford cedar DSC03702.JPG DSC03729.jpg
by Devin
Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:07 pm
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sweetgum leaves


Does sweetgum have the most variety in fall colors? Are there contenders?

Here are 21 leaves from a sweetgum in my front yard:

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by Matt Markworth
Sun Nov 02, 2014 6:48 pm
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