Today I took a hike in Wharton State Forest, something I have
not done enough of. I've lived 6 miles or so from Wharton for 24
years, and have driven through it quite a bit, but hiking is
another story. FYI, Wharton is the largest unit in the NJ state
parks and forests system, at 115,000 acres. It contains over 400
miles of sand and dirt roads, plus a couple of paved roads go
through it. It also contains some marked nature trails. Today I
hiked part of the yellow trail. I believe I did a round-trip
hike of 8 miles.
It was around 32 degrees and windy, but I like the cold. I took
many digital photos, and shot a couple of minutes of video as
well, just to add a personal touch. I plan on making a Windows
slideshow with the photos, and add the video to it.
Usually I try and photograph every, or nearly every, witch's
broom that I see. That's not always possible. But when hiking
it's easier, definitely. I saw quite a few. There must be
thousands of them throughout the entire Pine Barrens.
One other thing I see a lot of in the Pine Barrens is branches
coming out of the Pitch Pines at or just above ground level. I
also see branches come out of a tree and droop down to the
ground. I find the ground-level branches to be quite
interesting. In everyone's experience, have you seen this on
Another thing I saw today is trees that fell over, all the way
to the ground, and then one or more branches became new trees.
Anyone see this before?
Once I get the slideshow/video made and uploaded, I will inform