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Michael's Place

Oh Sweet, Sweet Fall

Posted: December 6th, 2017 by mlangham

My spot in Centennial Woods has shown me a lot about the way the forest functions, and more particularly, how the urban forest functions. My spot serves as an intersection for foot, and paw traffic, on the trail systems that traverse through Centennial Woods. However, in the past the forest of Centennial Woods has served as much more than that. Before the Europeans came, the land was primarily forested, but when the Europeans came the land was used primarily as farmland. There is still evidence of this, as there are stone walls still intact in some places. As the Vermont economy shifted from agriculture, Centennial Woods was let go to return to a forested form. Now it serves as a great place for people to get outside and enjoy nature in an urban setting. It also is a great classroom for students to utilize in order to learn more about the natural world that surrounds them.

Devil’s Hill Map!!!

Posted: November 26th, 2017 by mlangham

Devil’s Hill!!!

Posted: November 26th, 2017 by mlangham

Devil’s Hill is a place that almost everyone knows. In Peacham, it’s where you go when you want to hike and not drive very far. Many people visit Devil’s Hill throughout the year, but the amount of visitors peaks in the late summer and early fall, when the foliage starts to pop and dramatic yellows, reds, and oranges cover the trees throughout the woods. Once the summit is reached, the woods seem to open up and allow a view to the west that reaches as far as Camel’s Hump. It’s quite a special place, as most of the views are views of forest and swamp and other mountains: there’s really no view of much human activity, other than some cabins on a small pond off to the east. It’s really quite a special place, there’s evidence that shows people have been hiking on Devil’s Hill for a long time. There’s an exposed face of rock that has been carved into by many people, and the oldest carving visible was someone with the initials MPL from 1932. There’s evidence of more recent activity, too. There’s spots where campfires have been lit, and several beer cans are strewn throughout the site, some are actually quite old. All kinds of wildlife populate the area surrounding Devil’s Hill, some of the most notable include white tailed deer, moose, black bear, coyote, and ruffed grouse.

The phenology of centennial woods when compared to Devil’s Hill has some similarities, but mostly there are differences. The savage magnificence and frontier like feeling one gets from observing the view from atop Devil’s Hill is quite different from the tame and quiet feeling of being underneath the canopy of my spot in Centennial woods. There is evidence of a good time had by many in both spots though, as beer cans are usually easily found whenever I take a stroll through both places. The wind never usually moves through centennial woods at great speed, but it is quite common to experience a cold and wild wind whenever one finds themself atop Devil’s Hill. When I find myself at my spot in Centennial woods, I can observe many kinds of decidious and coniferous trees, but on top of Devil’s Hill, I only find coniferous trees. I haven’t seen any eastern hemlock trees at my spot in Centennial woods, but I see primarily eastern hemlock at my spot on Devil’s Hill. The other species of coniferous tree that I see when I go to Devil’s Hill is the eastern white pine. Snow covers the summit of Devil’s Hill as early as late October, and right now the summit has a solid layer of snow. I don’t expect my spot in Centennial woods to have snow for at least another couple of weeks, as being so close to the lake seems to have an effect on the amount of snow Centennial Woods gets.



Oh, Fall! (2.0)

Posted: November 5th, 2017 by mlangham

With fall almost over, a lot’s changed in my spot. The leaves that were two months ago green with life cover the forest floor. I primarily see oak and maple leaves. The green jewel weed that was near the brook is now just waiting for a solid killing frost before it’s presence disappears from the landscape for the winter. The most substantial change in the landscape is the cover of the leaves- they literally cover everything that’s on the forest floor, I’d definitetly hate to drop something here!

Oh woods, how you make me smile,

especially you, centennial woods,

you lurk, almost in the shadows, of Burlington, and many have no idea of your existence,

but I know you, I know your brook, I know your bridge,

I feel your energy as the seasons change,

I know you, centennial woods

Oh, Fall!

Posted: October 22nd, 2017 by mlangham

My place in Centennial Woods has changed with the seasons. The tall oaks and maples that were once covered in leaves of green now have very few, if any, orange, red, and yellow leaves. Recently fallen leaves cover the ground throughout the spot and if the sun hits them just right, the orange and yellow look as if they’ve almost been set on fire- they’re that fantastic. The bushes that were growing near the river are starting to change from green to brown, and the jewel weed is losing its’ jewel. It won’t be long until we get a frost and it’s gone for the year. Wildlife in my spot is hard to detect, but I did manage to see and observe what I believe to have been a pileated woodpecker pecking away at a dead oak. I also saw some deer tracks in the sand by the brook, so it looks like I’m not the only species of large mammal in the area! I also saw a wooly bear caterpillar, which I picked up and observed in my hand for a little while, but other than that, all is quiet (or so it appears) in my spot!

My spot, in Summary Form

Posted: October 1st, 2017 by mlangham

The forest that surround my spot in Centennial Woods is comprised mainly of young to middle aged trees. There’s a lone black cherry, several Eastern White Pine trees, a few Eastern Hemlock, and a Northern Red Oak. The vegetation is very minimal- most of the forest floor is covered in pine needles and leaves that have fallen from this year and past years. The way to my spot is pretty simple. All that you need to do to get there is follow the trail into Centennial Woods, by the Police Department, and go a little past the bridge. The intersection of where the trail branches off up the hill is my spot. I can look down into a marsh type area from where the brook runs through, but I usually sit near the trees a little higher up and look up. The leaves are starting to change colors and some are starting to fall. It’s a bit of an understatement to say that it’s a cool place. I liked the fact that it’s a well traveled spot, but that makes it so there are a lot of things people fail to take the time to notice. Sometimes it’s the most noticed things that have the least amount known about them

Hello world!

Posted: October 1st, 2017 by mlangham

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Home Sweet Home

Posted: October 1st, 2017 by mlangham


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