|Further up the ridge the grasses become more sparse and |
deciduous trees mix with the evergreens. More on the diversity of
deciduous trees found here later.
|A rocky limestone outcrop. This limestone is Pennsylvanian in age|
and is part of the Conemaugh formation. Note the lack of deep top-
soil and herbaceous growth.
|A white pine sapling rooted in limestone gravel substrate. Again,|
the lack of any topsoil is rare for the watershed area.
|A medium-sized eastern red cedar about 25 feet|
in height. Pleasantly aromatic in the autumn breeze.
|An understory growth of Blackhaw Viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium)|
with distinctive purple berries. These shrubs were numerous
throughout the prairie.
More to come on Hunter Prairie tomorrow...