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Re: Old Growth report, Bear Swamp East explored w/pictures

I'm into nature photography and since returning to my hometown area have been exploring both east and west bear swamp. I believe I came across the same Tulip tree John posted back in 2013, since its winter months I figured I share a few shots of it.
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by bailey
Fri Feb 05, 2016 5:52 pm
 
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Any idea on age of these Blueberry bushes?

My family has a 40 acre agriculture farm in Milmay, NJ. 15 acres of this is swamp and bogs butted up against the Game Preserve. There is two small groves with very big and gnarly looking blueberry bushes, one is on the edge of our property, another grove is on the game preserve near where the Tuckahoe River first starts surfacing, possibly more hidden since the briers are prolific in these woods.
The man my dad bought the farm from in the 70s was born in this house in 1917 said these bushes were big when he was little. That always stuck in my mind as a kid and now I am middle age. Does anyone know how long blueberry bushes can live or how to estimate age? Most information I find says 50-100 years, but are referring to cultivated blueberries, not wild ones.
I have gone to Whitesbog to see the blueberry bushes that were planted there in the 1930s and they were large but nowhere near as thick at the base or as tall, but I am also assuming the Whitesbog blueberries have gone through years and years of pruning and other endured human endeavors. These blueberry bushes, I counted 9 of considerable size are in a very boggy soil and all within about 50 feet of each other, the only other thing that grows well in this spot is moss.
Any help in guidance on dating these or information about known old blueberry bushes would be greatly appreciated.
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by bailey
Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:53 pm
 
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Bear Swamp West - Old Growth Hollies

Came across a grove of some really tall holllies. Even in winter the canopy was green in this part of the swamp. Came across a few large white cedars too on my way back out. This is my 3rd time into West and the swamp is starting to wake up with Spring around the corner. I heard multiple woodpeckers, came across deer and wild turkey and heard an owl on my way out at dusk.
There is some magical pockets back in this swamp, to get to this area with the hollies it was about two hours of navigating bogs, mud and briers. Old Growth hides in this swamp, you could easily miss a 300 year old tree only 50 feet away. This last time hiking through here I took my drone with me and was using it to fly up and over the tree canopy where I could use it to scout out tall trees, the drone is what helped me see a big spread of green which ended up being about 3 acres of big hollies.
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by bailey
Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:39 am
 
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