Mohawk. April 20, 2010

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Mohawk. April 20, 2010

Post by dbhguru » Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:12 pm

ENTS,

Yesterday Monica and I went for a stroll in Mohawk. Actually, it was a lot more than a stroll. We climbed to the top of Todd Mtn going up the steep side, but the hike was worth it. The image below shows early spring from the old Mohawk Trail looking westward. The gorge directly below is about 850 feet deep. Although that depth isn't in any way remarkable, it does provide a real scenic dimension.
ColdRiverGorge2.jpg
The next image looks toward Hawks Mountain, a ridge that reaches 1883 feet above seal level starting from an elevation of 600 feet - again, not record setting, but not shabby.
HawksMtn.jpg
The third and fourth images show an absolutely gorgeous American beech. It measures 8 feet in girth and 114.1 feet in height. It shows no evidence of beech bark disease.
BeautifulBeech.jpg
BeautiflBeech2.jpg
The rock outcroppings on the slopes of Todd Mtn are interesting and often impressive. The next two images show rock formations. There is a forest that grows in the boulder fields. Not all trees make it as shown in the second image.
Bigrock.jpg
DownedAsh.jpg
On the way back, we took a shortcut through the Pocumtuck grove. Here is a scene I thought worth capturing.
InTheForest.jpg
Bob
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Re: Mohawk. April 20, 2010

Post by edfrank » Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:35 pm

Bob,

Very nice beech. How are the beech trees in general in Massachusetts? Are they hit hard by beech bark disease, or doesn't it have much of a fothold?

Ed
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Re: Mohawk. April 20, 2010

Post by James Parton » Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:57 pm

Bob,

Your nearly as good with a camera as you are with words. I am getting jealous....~laughing~!

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Re: Mohawk. April 20, 2010

Post by dbhguru » Sat May 01, 2010 7:19 am

Ed,

To answer your question, the beeches are extremely hard hit. Most of the beauties I knew in the late 1970s are dead. Beeches like that one in the photo are extremely rare now in the Berkshires.

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Robert T. Leverett
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Co-founder and President
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Co-founder, National Cadre

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