What in the Woods is That?

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    Diamond-Studded Mystery

    January 18th 2019

    Winter Tree ID: Do you know what tree this is, with diamond-shaped bumps along its lower trunk?

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    Crazy Ice

    January 4th 2019

    Tom Norton sent along this photo at the end of December, with the following note: “Today my wife and I were walking near the Ompompanoosuc River in Thetford, Vermont, and were surprised to see pieces of plate ice, about half an inch thick and perfectly horizontal, attached to numerous tree…

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    Sketchy Scars

    December 21st 2018

    Jerry Milne sent along this photo taken in Connecticut. The scars, seen on the uphill side of the trees, are about 30 years old, and they all got their start at the same time. Do you know what caused them?

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    Weird Wires

    December 7th 2018

    What are these wire-like objects that have been exposed from beneath the bark of this dead ash tree?

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    Cobweb Conundrum

    November 21st 2018

    What are the thin, oval disks caught in the cobweb above the cavity of this sugar maple tree?

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    Crazy Apples?

    November 9th 2018

    An apple tree with compound leaves? What’s going on here?

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    Rock of Ages

    October 26th 2018

    This worn, round stone stands out among its irregular peers. What’s the story behind it?

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    Stick Boat Stumper

    October 12th 2018

    This still photo captures an action scene spotted by George Thomas in Littleton, New Hampshire. Do you know what is powering this stick boat?

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    It’s Not Scat

    September 28th 2018

    What are these round, ¼- to 3/8-inch-diameter objects scattered on the ground in this enriched northern hardwood forest? It’s not rabbit scat, and no one dropped a jar of capers.

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    Mysterious Underbelly

    September 14th 2018

    Demery Coppola of Guilford, Connecticut, found this leaf on the Saint Michael’s College campus in Vermont during her Environmental Science lab. Do you know what’s on its underside?