What In The Woods is That?

Our biweekly guessing game!

Whatever draws us into the forest—be it birdwatching or logging, hiking or hunting—all of us are unified by the sense of wonder we feel in the outdoors. The forests, fields, and streams of our region are full of mystery, and if you stop and look closely, you’ll see all sorts of oddities.

Below find a picture of one such woodlands curio. Guess what it is and you’ll be eligible to win a Season's Main Events Day Calendar. A prize winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries. The correct answer, and the winner’s name, will appear when the next column is posted.

This Week’s Entry: Riddle in Rouge

This plant was observed in thickets in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. What is it?

Riddle in Rouge Image


Prickly ash or toothache tree, Zanthoxylum americanum. The red objects are fruits and the black objects are the emerging seeds.

This week’s contest winner was Rachel Putnam

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