Thanks again. I don't remember seeing a red pine with stilted roots like that. You're right that close to Lake Champlain is pretty much free of major human interference, but the area around Burlington (probably through to Shelburne or so) seems to have increased in congestion every time I go through. I'm not at all worried about it, because Vermonters are, I think, very much aware of the beauty around them and treat it with great respect. Talking with my Grandfather, who lives in New Haven, a couple of weeks ago, he thought that Vermont's forests (especially the white pines) were in the best condition of his lifetime. True, very few of Vermont's trees are of significant age, but I think the state has very much to look forward to in the years ahead. As cool and impressive as the cottonwoods are, I don't think any eastern tree can compete with the majesty of a giant old growth white pine. Here's to wishing!