Saturday was a magnificent day for a hike. I spent much of the morning slowly walking about 3 miles of creek bed. For such a small creek, there are some pretty deep holes on it, and circumventing those at times was fun.
We have had an unseasonably cool and very wet summer. It has made for very nice hiking weather, but I began seeing leaves changing and falling from the trees in late June. Here’s an example:
I posted a photo a couple of months ago showing where Trace Fork had carried a large log quite a ways downstream and deposited it on a bank. I found an even larger log in the creek bed this weekend. It appeared to be from the same tree as the earlier log. This specimen is 19’ long and 18” in diameter. How much water would it take to carry THAT?
I came across a lot of tree carnage from recent storms, including several trees that had fallen across the stream bed. This photo shows just the top of a large Beech that had fallen and taken out several smaller trees. This is going to cause quite a log jam at the next high water:
I did collect nice branches from Sweet Birch and Bitternut Hickory trees that had fallen. The carnage was so recent that the leaves hadn’t begun to wilt. I have enough branches drying now that I only collect samples of species I don’t already have. Beech is by far the most common tree I see fallen, followed by the various Red Oaks and Sugar Maple.