First an image of some of our neighbor's white pines as seen from our upstairs bedroom window. You can see the house and the pines down hill just beyond.
Note the orange arrows delineate one of the pines. Using Sparky, my TP200X, I measured the vertical distance (VD mode) to a marker low on the trunk. The height below eye level was 53.1 feet. The marker was 4.7 feet above mid-slope making the base 57.8 feet below eye level. Height above eye level was 65.9 feet. This gave a total height of 123.7 feet for our neighbor's pine.
The beauty of the chosen spot for measuring is that if I got tired, I could simply turn around, flop on the bed, and take a quick nap. Refreshed, I could hop up and complete the task. This has given me an idea for a pamphlet entitled "Tree Measuring for Duffers - 101".
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder and Executive Director
Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest
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