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Silo Tree Additions – February 28, 2009

Another silo tree has been added to the Silo Trees of the U.S. listing. This one makes the Iowa tally up to two.

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This silo tree was spotted during an annual bike race across the state of Iowa. It is between Dumont and Cedar Falls. Photograph courtesy of dazzled. silo with tree in center

More photos can be found in the Trees in Silos Flickr group. If you spot a silo tree you’d like to share, let me know!

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February 28, 2009 at 11:03 am 1 comment

Frozen Stiles Falls 2009

Earlier this month Flickr user Joseph168 visited Camp Alta Mons‘ 45-foot Stiles Falls in Shawsville, Virginia. He snapped a great photo of the frozen falls:


Stiles Falls – February 8, 2009 (Photo Courtesy of Joseph168)

And in case you missed the Frozen Stiles Falls post from 2008, here is a summer version of the same waterfall.


Stiles Falls – August 13, 2006

If you are in the mood for more shots of Southwest Virginia, be sure to check out Joseph168’s full PhotoStream. He has some spectacular shots of Blacksburg and the surrounding areas.

February 26, 2009 at 6:00 am 4 comments

Season Compare: Bedford County Silo Tree

One of the Silo Tree photographers, WV Fan, caught his tree in two different seasons. He granted me permission to share both photographs. So check it out– A Silo Tree Season Compare. Enjoy!

Bedford County Silo Tree - Winter
Bedford County, VA Silo Tree – February 8, 2006 (Photo courtesy of WV Fan)

Bedford County Silo Tree - Spring
Bedford County, VA Silo Tree – April 24, 2006 (Photo courtesy of
WV Fan)

More Silo Trees can be found on this blog or in the Trees in Silos Flickr group. If you have a Silo Tree spotting or Season Compare of your own that you would like to share, let me know!

February 25, 2009 at 6:00 am 1 comment

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February 24, 2009 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Canopy Riding in Costa Rica

One of my dream vacations is Costa Rica. Beautiful lush mountains, plenty of hiking and the opportunity to zip line through the tree canopies! My Uncle Mark and Aunt Denise got to do just that in January. You only have to look through a few of their pictures and videos to see they had a phenomenal trip!

Views
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View in Costa Rica (Photo by Denise McAvoy)

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Another View in Costa Rica (Photo by Denise McAvoy)

Fauna
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Butterfly in Costa Rica (Photo by Denise McAvoy)

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Bird in Costa Rica (Photo by Denise McAvoy)

Canopy Riding
Denise and Mark went on 12 jumps total, mostly 20 meters high in forest top. The highest outing was over over 100 meters high and 800 meters long over the forest valley.

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Getting Ready to Ride (Photo by Denise McAvoy)

Costa Rica - Denise Canopy Rides
My Aunt Riding Through the Canopy (Photo by Denise McAvoy)

Costa Rica - Mark Canopy Rides
My Uncle Riding Through the Canopy (Photo by Denise McAvoy)


Video of Uncle Mark Riding Through the Canopy

Jungle Swing
My aunt and uncle also had the opportunity to ride a giant swing in the juggle. Denise was pretty fearless. Can’t say the same about Mark. : )


Denise Demonstrates Fortitude (Photo by Denise McAvoy)


Mark Demonstrates…Bribery (Photo by Denise McAvoy)

Mark and Denise’s trip has only further solidified my desire to go myself!  For more pictures of Denise and Mark’s Trip to Costa Rica, visit my Flickr site!

February 24, 2009 at 6:00 am 6 comments

Newbold-White House Recreation Trail

Nineteen miles southwest of Elizabeth City, the town of Hertford is home to the oldest brick house in North Carolina. It is known as the Newbold-White House and it was built in 1730 as part of a riverside plantation. Today the house is a museum, open March 1st through Thanksgiving, where visitors can partake in a 45 minute tour of the grounds.

It wasn’t the historic building, however, which brought me there last January. Ryan Somma and I were looking for an afternoon outing with the dogs. The Newbold-White House is set upon 143 acres and has its very own Recreation Trail to the Perquimans River and better yet– the trail is open year round.

The Recreation Trail itself is straight forward– about a mile round-trip, flat and wide. We did take the time to explore the shoreline, a nearby swamp, a nearby decaying tree and the surprising remains of an automobile in the sand. It was a humble outing, but an interesting and fulfilling one.

Views
The trails starts views of the historic buildings and ends at the beautiful Perquimans River. A nearby Bald Cypress Swamp adds to the scenery.

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - House
The Newbold-White House

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Henry on Sand
Henry Enjoys Shoreline

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Water Ripples
Bald Cypress Tree and Spanish Moss from Dock

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Decay and Bald Cypresses (Landscaipe)
Bald Cypress Swamp

Fauna
Along the way, Somma and I spied three separate fire ant nests. Hoards of mussels were present in the river and finally, there was evidence a raccoon(?) had visited the river recently– its footprints were still in the sand.

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Ryan Points to Fireants
Ryan Points to Fire Ant Nest

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Ridges in Mussel Shell, Ridges in Fingersl
Shellfish from River

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Raccoon and Henry Prints
Raccoon Tracks? (Above the fresh Henry track)

Flora
The trail passes through plantation lands, so you get to see an old cotton crop. I was surprised to see a yellow dandelion in full bloom in the middle of January. On the other hand, I wasn’t surprised to see the bald cypress trees, Spanish moss and mistletoe that are prevalent to the area. There were some great dried up yellow berries (anyone know what they are?). But it was the fungus that stole the show for me. Lots and lots of fungus.

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Jimmie in Cotton Field
Jimmie Runs Through Domesticated Flora

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Old Roots and a Standing Cypress Tree
Old Bald Cypress Roots, Cypress Trees and Spanish Moss

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Lots of Yellow Berries
Yellow Berries

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Mushroom and Foam
Fungus Sneaks into a Crevice

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Mushroom Colony From Above
Layers of Fungus on Dead Tree

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Tiered Mushroom
Leaf Catching Mushroom

Oddities
Right on the shoreline of the Perquimans River, slightly south of the dock, we found some old rusted parts in the sand. It turned out to be an old automobile being reclaimed by the elements.

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Car Fossil -  Springs and Engine Block
Car Fossil – Springs and Engine Block

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Car Fossil -  Sand Filled Speedometer
Car Fossil – Radio

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Car Fossil -  Rusted Car Part in Wave
Car Fossil – Part in Wave

Newbold White House Recreation Trail - Car Fossil -  Spark Plugs
Car Fossil – Transistors

More information about the museum and its grounds can be found at the official Newbold-White House website. And as always, more pictures of our visit can be found on my Flickr site.

Newbold-White House Recreation Trail

Length: ~1 mile round trip

Elevation Gain: None

Directions from Elizabeth City, NC

Take US-17 South about 15.7 miles

Turn left at Church Street

After about 1.4 miles, turn left on Newbold White Road

Road ends at the museum parking

February 23, 2009 at 6:00 am 8 comments

Silo Tree Additions – February 22, 2009

Two new trees have been added to the Silo Trees of the U.S. listing. We also have a new state in the mix- Vermont!

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A silo tree taken on US Highway 50, just east of Knob Noster, Missouri. Photograph courtesy of ancientlightstudios

vermont

A silo tree in Lake Champlain’s North Hero Island, Vermont. Photograph courtesy of bob.berch.

More photos can be found in the Trees in Silos Flickr group. If you spot a silo tree you’d like to share, let me know!

February 22, 2009 at 7:57 pm Leave a comment

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