Waundering at Topographic’s in Forests of Woods
Note: The following places, names and locations have or may have been changed to protect the rights and continued life, of the individuals involved, along with their need to coexist within the forests of wooden glens they call home….having said that, I continue.
If one was to come and visit me in the fall and winter months, one might be surprised at all the books I surround myself with, on woodlands and forest in the New England area. But even greater of a surprise, might be the many maps and studies on topographic’s that I do, along with the many sketches and outlays of land. One thing I learned years ago….and that was many, many years, dating back even to my days as before teenager years….was a love for the woods. The forest of woods, have called me and drawn me to their mysteries and latter revelations, just as latter in life, one can often be seduced by a women….and yes, here I speak from a male perspective, as the seducing is for sure a two way street.
I have over the years also learned that if one wants to understand wood, then one needs to go to the source….their source, their dwellings and so I have learned to spend time in the forest of woods. Now one may wonder why I make such a distinction about ‘forest of woods’ and so if I may, let me explain. There are in this world many different forests and so some may live in ‘forest of woods’ while others may live in ‘forest of asphalt and concrete’....and what about ‘forest of rural towns’ and ‘forest of metropolitan cities’ ? Many are the ‘forests’ we surround ourslves in and with, and they all share a common good to the benefit of our planet.
To find older trees, the ‘ancient ones’ or ‘old growth’ of the land, I have also learned that in studying trees, one needs to also study and understand the topographic’s of the forest of woods. From my studies of topographical maps, I can learn and see places that it would be impossible, to have logged or that would be often bypassed in favor of more easier to get at trees. Studying the topographic’s of the forest I am also going into, gives me an idea of where to go to find older growth trees and then also, gives me an idea along with my compass….of how to get back out.
Yesterday was one of those days, when I decided to go deep within and look for old growth, plus spend some time in the woods by myself. I did load up on pictures yesterday and so I will turn this blog story into a two part story, hope-fully to be continued tomorrow. As I said above when I started this article, the where’s and names will remain silent, since I was successful in finding some old growth of pine and those pictures will be forthcoming in the next story. When we talk of old growth in New England, I am not talking of the same old growth that folks on the west coast can partake of, where they to go into the forest of redwoods….and yes, the old growth of the west and into parts of California are some of the oldest….if not the oldest that has yet been found. New England at one time, was logged about 70%-80% bare for farmland and then also earlier in our early days, when we were ruled by the king of England, our tall pines supplied the masts for the tall ships of his navy. So what we have left is what was missed, not talked about or what has come back….
Enjoy your walk today if you should decide to come along and be sure to bring water and hiking boots.
And so we will start out here at the base of some granite outcroppings….
....while walking closer, we now get a better feel of what it means to be set in granite….
....next we pass by on the left of us, some pebbles of chips off the old block….
....and one more. I find such beauty in these, that I am all-ways amazed of the harmony of the land….
....makes one wonder about the creature, that may possess this living space….
....you take the high road and I’ll take the low road and we’ll see who gets to the top first….
....what one can learn from a tree about being adjustable….
....and then there is the story, this one teaches in ‘tenacity’....
....WOW, a wide-screen, movie-screen out here….think I’ll sit down and watch a movie on wood….
....climbing we meet this one….
....different angle, same character….
....this is beauty….
....well here we are on top….
....we now come back up….
....standing back up, I now look up and out….and so I give thanks for life….
.....and so once again we will make camp here on top and continue on tomorrow…..and yes, there is more to come….
”....work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/