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Sugar Maple Forest Type in Winter, Lincolnville, Maine USA

Maine Sugar Maple Forest Type in Winter

Forests dominate the New England landscape covering about 75% of the land. This forest type is called a Sugar Maple Forest (or scientifically as Semi-rich Northern Hardwoods Forest) although it is close to a Northern Hardwood forest type. Sugar Maple Forest is characterized by a canopy mainly of American beech, sugar maple, white ash and yellow birch. It can be found throughout Maine and extending into Canada and south west into the Adirondacks.

This scene was captured at sunset on Christmas Day, 2013. The red-brown leaves still cling to the American Beech and will not fall until spring. Many of the twigs are bent over and covered in ice which refracts the light in interesting ways from a recent storm. This area had been cleared of virgin forest and used as agricultural land for decades. I estimate that it reverted back to forest around the 1940’s or 50’s. Some apple trees can still be found in the woods, left over from more intense farming era.

The scene is remarkable only because it is so typical. I used it as a panorama stitching exercise. The colors of the sunset and the blues of the snow were evident but not that pronounced, the scene had almost a black and whitish-grey quality to it in real life but I enhanced the colors to match what I remember in my imagination.

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Copyright: Tom Sadowski
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10500x5250
Taken: 25/12/2013
Uploaded: 31/12/2014


Tags: winter; new england winter; sugar maple; maple; beech; american beech; forest; winter forest; snow; cold; new england
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The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.

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