Saturday, May 02, 2009

Dogwood In Hemlocks

Dogwood amidst hemlocks.

I know that people get tired of hearing me bemoan the loss of our native hemlock trees. It doesn't seem to bother the average person to see two species of once-dominant trees go extinct, but it galls me beyond description.

As I was at the end of the hike to Buckeye Knob, and we were once more at the trailhead, I looked back to see this brilliant splash of white standing between several apparently healthy hemlock trees. The reason these hemlocks are still alive and thriving is that they were treated with an insecticide, probably Merit, but perhaps Safari. And so they're still putting out new shoots and are green and healthy.

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