Old Growth and the Ancient Ones
....’old growth’ that I have found!
While out Sunday afternoon in the forest here, we (my wife and I) set out to discover some new territory in the surrounding habitat of the woods and I happened to come upon some pines that were growing on an eastern slope of a hill. At the bottom of a ravine I first spotted an old pine that had escaped the logging crews of yesteryear. At first I thought this one was the only one out there, but after looking around and climbing up the hill, I soon started discovering a few more. I must add that one of my pastimes while out in the forest is looking for ‘old growth’ and so I was pleased and rewarded to find these.
When finding these and then writing about them, I never do reveal exact locations, since these have remained intact for ages of ether and so I want them to remain that way much longer. What really surprises me about some of my finds, is the close proximity to well traveled trails. This being the case it just goes to show how much or actually how little folks get out into the woods and if they are out there, then how little they are really seeing what is all around, as this find bears no evidence of human sign.
In finding this one we have long left trails and paths and we are now just striking out by instinct of gut feeling. A lot of ‘old growth’ pine will be found on slopes and in ravines, so by looking at topographic maps and talking to folks in out of way places I can sometimes put together a place to start looking. I might add that along with fall kayaking, one other of my favorites for this time of year is also waundering through the forests looking for animal sign and ‘old growth’.
Old growth and the ‘ancient ones’...., I will come back here soon, as I want to measure this one. When coming upon this pine, here was my first sighting of the ‘ancient one’....and yes, I apologize for this not so good shot….
....and then as I walked around….
....to the other side I also took this photo….
....and then closer up….
....and as I was leaving I turned around and shot this photo. What really makes this an exciting find, is the realization that comes from the knowledge, that at one time, all this that you are seeing here of forest and woods, was cleared fields….
”....it was as easy as leaving off from where I thought to be, that in my awakening from the dream, all the ‘very good of creation is in my now, and there before me to take and give thanks….”
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/