Lone Rock Point (Pieces/Patterns/Processes)

Lone Rock Point has several pieces that seem unusual but with further research makes sense on how they have come to be.Lots of Dunham Dolostone were present meaning calcium rich shells were once present as Dolostone is a type of limestone. Dunham Dolostone is easily erodible which creates the caves around Lone Rock Point. The Calcium is good for vegetation and is clear through seeing Calcium Rich Site Indicators like Basswood and Herbaceous Plants. The Champlain Thrust Fault has Dunham Dolostone on top and Iberville Shale on the bottom. This is despite the Dunham Dolostone being there first as during the Taconic Orogeny plate movement led to pressure to build leading the bedrock to buckle. Rock Point has a very unique shape. Rock Point is a large deposit from the glacial melt that formed Lake Vermont 15,000 years ago. The “Mesic Maple Ash Hickory Oak Forest” has less enriched soil with Sugar Maple, Red Maple, White Oak, Red Oak, White Ash, Shagbark trees all present. The Shagbark Hickory is home to the Indiana bat which is rare to Vermont. All of the trees allow songbirds to feed and breed freely. The dense forest is also good for White Tailed Deer, Mice, Chipmunks, Squirrels to reside. The “White Pine-Transition Hardwood Forest” has lots of White Pines present. This is due to the land being largely clean cut in the mid 1800s for subsistence farming and having an apple orchard. This farm took up lots of land at the time so the White Pine makes up a large portion of forest composition. The wetlands are made up of areas with silty and clay soils. Due to being close to North Shore the Red Maple Swamp has trash blown in. The wetfields allow American Woodcock to dance and Vernal Pools allow amphibians to lay there eggs.

Sense of Place @Home

My sense of place runs from the corner of Washington St and Route 206 through Autumn Hill Reservation and Herringtown Woods. Through this is my house along with my neighborhood, the two reservations stated above, Van Horn Park, and Burger King where I once worked.

This area overall is flat land, with various gradual inclines throughout. It is by no means hilly and very easy for anyone to walk. This allows people to go and transport freely as there is no bad hill to go up or down during rough weather thus leading to economic growth as people can still run the errands they once wanted. Formerly the area was nearly all family farms. This flat land allowed farmers to be successful as all the nutrients seep directly into the soil. Since it was once farmland there was very limited tree cover in most of the area. Although due to suburbanization trees were planted throughout in order to enrich the soil for building along with aesthetic reasons. Now in this section all that is left is one family farm despite that being the prime occupation in the area back in the mid 1800s.

The built environment influenced my work, my quarters, and my recreation. My work was influenced as it is in walking distance. It was a 30 minute walk due to building trails that went through a small patch of woods. Building these walkways saved me a significant amount of time allowing me to get to work easier and quicker thus making more money. Living in a townhouse allowed me to get to my friends quickly as all of our houses were pressed up closely. Being so close allowed us at a young age to have a lot more freedom than most as since we were close by to each other we could walk around and explore. There was a large park built, which is close by so me and my friends could walk to it. We could play on the large jungle gym or more commonly play basketball on the basketball courts. Basketball was a great way to improve my skills along with improving my friendship with my friends. Over the summer as kids we used to go there daily. Autumn Hill Reservation and Herringtown Woods have not been built and have always been left untouched leaving 100s of acres of open forest. This not being a built environment allows me to have a natural area in the midst of suburbia.

The area has very good schools which has led lots of people to want to move here. Ever since the late 1800s, there has been more and more suburbanization in the area but more recently it has become hyper suburbanization due to the recognition that the school district has been receiving. Where once open fields lie have been turned into neighborhoods or shopping centers. Due to there being a mixture of farmers who have once lived there, stable families with children, and people who are barely making ends meet who move there in the hope of providing their children with a good education there is a wide variety of morals. Due to a mixture of types of motives for living in this place, I have learned a variety of different perspectives on issues. This has made me think that many things don’t have necessarily concrete solutions. Being in my place at home has made me realize how much hasn’t changed but how in fact I have.

Wiggly Wood Sense of Place

Wiggly Wood has experienced many signs of phenological change during my latest visit. There are no longer any species in the area as the bugs have become hidden or died off while the birds have migrated south. The forest is less dense as leaves have completely fallen off all the trees giving in an area that once was defined with it’s wide variety of color as one that appears dead looking giving a sense of despair. The understory is fully bare and mostly dead overall. As the leaves are no longer on the trees, the wind is a lot more apparent, giving a sense a sense that winter is on the horizon. There are less people in the area as the colder weather acts as a deterrent for people who like to participate in recreation in the area. Finally, the soil is a lot drier than previously, as due to Wiggly Wood being atop a hill the water flows down the hill. Additionally, there has been a lack of major precipitation which also contributes to the dry soil. 

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Wiggly Wood is just a small slice of many larger places. It is defined by its close location to the Ethan Allen Tower in Ethan Allan Park on the North End of Burlington. In a broader sense it displays the many beauties of Chittenden County, Vermont, and New England as a whole. This sight now sits as a place where people can participate in outdoor recreation or take in the calm and relaxation of a beautiful landscape. In the past the site was more chaotic as military personnel once used the path as regular transportation from Ethan Allen Tower to other locations. In the future, Wiggly Wood may be preserved as a historic relic of Vermont history

Wiggly Wood Mapping/Charismatic Species

At my site there is currently Red Oak trees, Red Maple trees, Paper Birch trees, Poison Ivy, Moss, a Single Eastern Whitepine, and I spotted a eastern gray squirrel. There was a high density of Red Oak and Red Maple trees which ended up covering the path in leaves. The Paper Birch trees are all concentrated in one area by the path allowing them to flourish as it has disturbed soil with a plentiful amount of available light for such a dense forest. Poison ivy was also found along the cleared path which seems fitting as poison ivy grows in high densities in disturbed land. The singular Eastern Whitepine is found in a portion of the path that has a more sandy soil in comparison to the remaining portion of the forest meaning this was planted by humans rather than appearing on it’s own. The Eastern Gray Squirrel was found in this prominently hardwood environment which is where they like to live.

Earlier in the season, during my previous two visits I had noticed mosquitoes, bees, and birds although during this visit they were no longer. This is due to the fact that we are now in the midst of fall and closer to winter than we are summer. Previously, there were flowers on some of the plants in the understory but this is no longer so the bees have nothing attracting them to this area anymore. The male mosquitoes have simply died off while the females have gone into hibernation with their larvae. The birds on the other hand have begun migrating south.  

Nearly all of the trees have their leaves gone and they are spread out on the ground covering some of the trail. The understory is overall less dense as some of it has died. The berries, acorns, pinecones are no longer on the ground as they are either covered by the dead leaves or taken and stored by animals. The soil is wet as there was a major rainstorm the day before causing the soil to be extremely moist. Since in order to get to our spot the topography has a major elevation gain causing lots of access rain to flow down the hill. Mapping out the area has given me a new perspective as before I had only thought of things from a ground level perspective. It made me realize the unique characteristics of our particular area as it was at the top of a greater slope compared to the area surrounding it . 

Introduction to my place, Wiggly Wood

Wiggly Wood is defined by the man made structure that I call the “wiggly wood walkway”. This walkway is carved tree wood with screws that attach it to pieces of plywood that help keep it sturdy so that people can walk on it. The walkway is warped due to both age and weather affects.

Wiggly Wood is characterized by the variety of different types of life. There is plenty of plant life as I observed birches, maples, oaks, shrubs, grasses, and poison ivy. The majority of trees have thin trunks meaning many of these trees are on the younger side. You can hear birds chirping and see an occasional bee or a mosquito flying by. On the ground there are rocks, moss, leaves, pine cones, and red berries. Three quarters of the leaves have already changed colors.

I know that I am in my place when I am on the tower side of the wood structure, facing towards the remainder of the path. In order to get there, I bus from the Gold Line down to Downtown Transit station and get on the Red Line until I get off on the stop by the Walgreens on North Avenue. I then walked to the parking lot of Ethan Allen Park which has a paved path leading you into the woods. I stay on this path until I notice a sign relating to the tower which I then turn left onto a dirt path. Eventually there will be a fork in the path in which I veer to the left eventually taking me to the Tower. I then make a right at the tower and in roughly 40 steps you arrive at Wiggly Wood. 

The experience of being at this place is mostly calming outside of hearing the occasional traffic or running into the occasional visitor. The combination of birds chirping, a light breeze against the trees, and the smell of nature gives a tranquil experience. Looking at the Ethan Allen Tower makes me reflect on the history of this location as it had been a former lookout tower in the United States military. It makes me wonder what other things I don’t know relating to this area.