White pine – natural winterland decor

I live in the land of evergreen giants flocked by frozen fog and snowflakes and framed by a clear blue sky.

Taylor County is the southern-most county in Wisconsin with national forestland. The edge of a glacier, the soils, the climate caused many farmers to try and fail and lose their land for lack of paying taxes with the land becoming federal forestland.

We are a county where grass (hay) and trees grow best. And since lumber was king, sawyers cut and cut down the giants, not many remain. The Gerstberger white pines near Rib Lake were one of the last virgin stands in the area, but age has ravaged them so more of them have died and fallen than remain reaching above the surrounding deciduous trees.

Across Castle Road from us, there were three giants, but fear of lightning strikes drove the owners to cut down two of them (the fear was justified – being tall in a lightning storm has disadvantages, the pines had been struck several times). One remains and it was glorious this  cold frosty morning (Christmas Eve day 2013).

This pine is about 100 years old, its trunk about 3 feet in diameter.

This pine is about 100 years old and almost 100 feet tall, its trunk about 3 feet in diameter.

This white pine towers over all the other trees in the area, frosted with chilled fog.

This white pine towers over all the other trees in the area, frosted with chilled fog.

The apple trees in the foreground are 20 feet tall. The spruce and high-line are about 40 feet tall.

The apple trees in the foreground are 20 feet tall. The spruce and high-line are about 40 feet tall.

Big, old trees are so cool. Sure, we don’t have sequoias or redwoods, but the old oaks, maples, and white pines have presence and I’m in awe. This is much better than light strings and plastic icicles on a fake tree (see all those trimmed pines in the background – yes that is a Christmas tree plantation).

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About jeaninerenzoni

Camera toting, dog trainer, cat trainer, horse trainer, flower gardener, book reader, always finding something new to be interested in and research. My newest undertaking is my new pup and all the training that goes with raising him. I must get back to painting watercolors in my art room. Finished and looking for new ones in the library's DVD collection. About me ... Dog trainer for over 40 years, multiple obedience titles on many dogs, showed in conformation, ran a grooming shop, trained lots of people and dogs. Also have a BS Nutrition, CRD, CTM, AKC CGC evaluator, was NAHQ, was licensed in life/health insurance, long-term care consultant for 25+ years, Covey facilitator, team trainer, project manager, R+ trainer for people, etc ... you could say I believe in qualifications variety.
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2 Responses to White pine – natural winterland decor

  1. BeWithUs says:

    Merry Christmas, my friend!

    All the best to you and your loved ones in Year 2014!

    Cheers~ 😀

  2. We have just one White Pine like this, the last in the area. So far it is healthy, and has not been hit yet by lightning. We did lose 5 80 year old Norway Pines a few years ago to lighting, they had been planted along a fence row, Lightning hit the center tree, and traveled though the fence, melting the wire from the posts, and killing two trees on each side. One of these years, we will lose the hollow basswood tree in our front yard, right now, there is a couple inch crack opened up on 15′ of the trunk from the frozen moisture inside, it closes when the moisture thaws. We live in the center of the Nicolet National Forest, but are surrounded by miles of Industrial forest land that used to belong to Consolidated Paper. Not many Big trees left here, to much cut and run over the last 10 years or so. Jim

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