The most peculiar tree of the day was a spectacular sugar maple that sported a flutelike bark pattern. It seemed to originate from its closest associated root flare that fanned into a unique buttressing system. Can anyone explain what's going on here? It is definitely the largest and oldest sugar maple I've found to date in the park - 10.4ft CBH x 116.6ft high.  . It's sitting just inside the park boundary and across from a recent cutting on private land, which explains why it is still standing today.