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Once, long ago, the area of Prince Edward County, Ontario Canada was covered in a dense forest made up of Hard Maples, white Pines and Oak. With the settlement of the area beginning around 200 years ago, much of the forest was harvested to make room for farming, and building materials.
Today, a few remnants can still be found if you look for them. The image here is from one such remnant, only a few acres now.
This Hard Maple, (aka: Sugar Maple) catches the early morning light accentuating some interesting textural themes on the deeply grooved bark. I enjoy how this image appears to be a shot taken from afar looking towards a mountainside. Adding to this illusion is the small spring plants which have sprung up around this massive tree, creating great scale. Truly this giant plant has obtained such a size that it has created it's own miniature ecosystem.
Hiking this trail in spring is always on my list. Besides the majestic trees, the spring forest floor is starting to come alive with new growth in the form of wildflowers, and ferns, all excellent subjects for forest photographers. Soon the canopy will grow in and the forest floor will remain in semi-dark until Autumn.
If you use your imagination you can still feel what it was like when the land was covered by Kings of the forest.
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