Last week I had about an hour to kill before sunset and didn’t feel like going for a walk. Instead, I grabbed my camera, climbing line, and harness and found the tallest nearby tree in order to snatch a photo of the sun setting over the mountain. The tallest tree is a bitternut or smoothbark hickory at about 90 feet. From my house there is a decent view, but the view from this tree–though not fully captured by camera–is awesome in-person. From the top is a bird’s eye view of the forest canopy stretching in all directions. The hickory–and some nearby white pines–are like “high hairs” in this stretching canopy. Pretty neat. 

Ryan Trapani

Director of Forest Services

Catskill Forest Association