Woodland Park and other parks in Lexington, KY

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#1)  Woodland Park and other parks in Lexington, KY

Postby Matt Markworth » Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:04 pm

All,

Today I visited seven parks in the city of Lexington, KY. I was inspired after visiting Castlewood Park last week (http://www.ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=82&t=6579).

I measured three more impressive blue ash, and saw two more in an area fenced off for horses. Most of the blue ash I have seen have lost their tops, and all of them appear very old. Some of the trees in the Bluegrass region of KY are survivors from the time when Buffalo were roaming and creating Buffalo traces. Some of these Buffalo traces later became roads.

circumference at breast height x tree height

Woodland Park
blue ash: 13' 8" x 80'
bur oak: 14' 11.5"
northern red oak: 14' 8.5"
Shumard oak: 14' 6.5" x 101'
Kentucky coffeetree: 10' 7.5" x 62'

Ecton Park
blue ash: 12' 2" x 66'
blue ash: 11' x 60'

Duncan Park
bur oak: 17' 1.5"

Coolavin Park
bur oak: 13' 8.5"

McConnell Springs Park
bur oak: 15' 3"

Veterans Park
bur oak: 11' 6"
bur oak: 10' 6"

Masterson Station Park
- no trees measured, but there were two ancient blue ash in a field fenced in with horses, pictures are below

               
                       
Woodland Park Blue Ash 1d.jpg
                       
Woodland Park Blue Ash
               
               


               
                       
Ecton Park 2 Blue Ashes b.jpg
                       
Ecton Park Blue Ashes
               
               


               
                       
Masterson Station Equestrian Facility Blue Ashes 1a.jpg
                       
Masterson Station Equestrian Facility Blue Ashes
               
               


               
                       
Woodland Park Shumard Oak 1b.jpg
                       
Woodland Park Shumard Oak
               
               


               
                       
Woodland Park Shumard Oak 1a.jpg
                       
Woodland Park Shumard Oak Leaves
               
               


               
                       
Woodland Park Osage Orange Base.jpg
                       
Woodland Park Osage Orange Base
               
               


               
                       
Woodland Park Kentucky Coffeetree 1a.jpg
                       
Woodland Park Kentucky Coffeetree Leaf/Bark
               
               


               
                       
McConnell Springs Park Bur Oak 1d.jpg
                       
McConnell Springs Bur Oak
               
               


Here's a video showing the "boil" that occurs at McConnell Springs Park:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsAundoY86A

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#2)  Re: Woodland Park and other parks in Lexington, KY

Postby Larry Tucei » Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:24 pm

Mark- You are getting around!!  That Osage Orange is a Whopper!  So are the Burr Oaks and the Ash are nice too! Wow could imagine how tall these trees would have been had not the tops been blown out!!!   Larry
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#3)  Re: Woodland Park and other parks in Lexington, KY

Postby Lucas » Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:35 pm

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Very cool Bur Oak!
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#4)  Re: Woodland Park and other parks in Lexington, KY

Postby Matt Markworth » Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:05 pm

Lucas wrote:
Very cool Bur Oak!


Thanks Lucas! Here are a few more images of it:

               
                       
McConnell Springs Park Bur Oak 1a.jpg
                                       
               


               
                       
McConnell Springs Park Bur Oak 1b.jpg
                                       
               


               
                       
McConnell Springs Park Bur Oak 1g.jpg
                                       
               


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#5)  Re: Woodland Park and other parks in Lexington, KY

Postby Rand » Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:43 pm

So.... I'm guessing this tree came to the brink of being uprooted, but improbably stopped at a 45˚ angle, and continued growing from there?  I wonder if it came to a rest angst another tree that has since died and rotted away.
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#6)  Re: Woodland Park and other parks in Lexington, KY

Postby Matt Markworth » Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:03 pm

Rand wrote:So.... I'm guessing this tree came to the brink of being uprooted, but improbably stopped at a 45˚ angle, and continued growing from there?  I wonder if it came to a rest angst another tree that has since died and rotted away.


Rand,

My guess is that the karst topography caused it to shift and then it strengthened itself over time based on that new position. There is a sinkhole at the park and the "boiling" springs are super cool.

Here's another video showing the creek going back underground:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8e_WBZpLTY

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#7)  Re: Woodland Park and other parks in Lexington, KY

Postby Matt Markworth » Sun Sep 21, 2014 5:17 pm

All,

Traveling around Kentucky measuring big blue ashes, while listening to Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys is becoming a favorite pastime of mine:) Some of the blue ash trees in Lexington pre-date the city and each one has a character all its own. Although blue ash is more resistant to Emerald Ash Borer than some of the other ashes, fortunately most of the trees I have reported on have been treated. I also hope to measure them some day in the Nashville Basin.

Here are some more blue ashes from Lexington.

Henry Clay Estate
15'4" x 77' (top damaged, regrown)
14'8" x 62' (top out)

Booker T Washington Primary
12'8"
11'7"
9'11"
9'5"
9'3"

               
                       
Henry Clay Estate - 15ft 4in blue ash.jpg
                       
Henry Clay Estate blue ash - CBH: 15'4"
               
               


               
                       
Henry Clay Estate - 14ft 8in blue ash.jpg
                       
Henry Clay Estate blue ash - CBH: 14'8"
               
               


               
                       
Douglass Park - 4 blue ashes.jpg
                       
Booker T Washington Primary - 4 blue ashes
               
               


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