A whisper from the woods

Traveling with Trees, March 2024

Mar 11, 2024

It is with great satisfaction that we welcome back Jennifer Troyan. Jennifer has written several blog articles for us in the past. She was the writer behind the column Mewsings from Jorge that published its last article last year in February.

Jennifer is now back on a bi-monthly basis to tell us about her experience in Nature and with trees. Occasionally, stories from other’s travels might also be addressed. Jennifer travels frequently and she will take us along for some inspiring and thought-provoking tales.

There might be times when scientific research is included; for example, did you know trees can communicate with each other? Are you aware that the presence of (healthy) trees is vital to human existence?

Join us in welcoming Jennifer into her new column Traveling with Trees.

Take a Walk with Me!

Written by Jennifer Troyan

Last October, a friend and I visited Allegany State Park in New York (USA). This is the land where the Seneca Indian territory lies. Many of the signs on the roads are in English and Seneca (which is an Iroquoian language) so the roots are deep here. A lot of trees in the park are 100-150 years old along with younger and newer growth.

Even though in many parts of the world it is wintertime right now, I wanted to share about the Fall season to remind of us the possibilities of having color in our lives, even when it is cold and dreary. One can still wonder, right?

The weather was beautiful – 70°F (21º C) during the day and 50°F (10ºC) at night. It’s quiet there too, except for the wildlife and noises of nature, such as our friend “Wind” which visited often. The air is crisp, fresh, and smells like trees.

We were graced with incredible displays of nature. The trees were in the full expression of fall with a lovely show of colors.

There is a 5,000-acre hemlock-northern hardwood forest that is considered an old-growth forest. Old growth is a condition of a forest, not a type of forest (as cited from https://parks.ny.gov/). We took a walk in that forest at Hemlock Hollow trail, and it is really something to feel the strength and wisdom of these trees. Some of the trees there are 300+ years old.

I’m going to take you on the walk through the trail and hope you enjoy it and feel like you are there, even if for just a moment.

This is the beginning of the trail.

Sometimes there was a lot of light but as you can see up head, there were parts that were much dimmer.

Onto very clear paths that widened at some points.

As you walk through the trail some parts are very narrow and almost swampy because there is not a lot of light in those parts, so they are damp and cooler in temperature.

Below is a photo of my friend with her dogs “walking the plank.”

Walking along, we came upon this bus that nature is doing it’s best to cover up. This is all that remains of an abandoned bus that was used as a camp over 60 years ago. It’s an unexpected thing to come upon while walking this trail so it fascinates park enthusiasts. It’s fun to check out pictures over the years because you can see how much time covers it up.

A little outside the Hemlock trial we came upon this scene.

Then this spectacular view of sunset in progress.

The walk I just took you on is one small walk of many we took exploring the park. I encourage you to get into nature and walk around if you can. For me, living in a densely populated city, it’s healthy and healing to be around trees.

The part of the park we stayed in did not have internet and we had to drive about 20 minutes to find some. It is a place you can truly disconnect. It’s a good thing to do sometimes.

Another day, we woke up and went outside sitting at the picnic table outside of the cabin. There was a beautiful breeze and the trees put on a show for us. Leaves falling in the breeze downward, up in the air above the trees and blowing all around. It was fantastic. Birds were out and chipmunks were singing, making noises, hopping, and fluttering around. My friend called it “leaf snow” (a wonderful way to describe the experience). May you have the opportunity to experience leaf snow some time.

There are some world observance days coming up that correlate to this article. March 20 is the International Day of Happiness and being amongst the trees can certainly help celebrate happiness. The very next day, March 21, is the International Day of Forests (World Tree Day). Visit some trees. Maybe there are some close by and if not, look at some pictures or videos of trees. Better yet, plant some trees! Trees bring such peace. If you can’t go anywhere, you can dream about it. Be well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He that plants trees loves others besides himself.

~ Thomas Fuller

 

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7 Comments

  1. Anrich Bester

    Welcome back, Jenn!!! <3

    Reply
    • Jennifer Troyan

      Thank you so much! I’m excited to be back sharing articles. I hope everyone finds them interesting!

      Reply
    • Alane Berdy

      Jenn this made me cry. This is my favorite place to be for so many reasons. The peace and protection felt, surrounded by the trees, is so magical. Thank you for sharing your experience. I hope this encourages more people to explore and appreciate the beauty of nature. It soothes my soul and I hope it does the same for others.

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      • Jennifer Troyan

        Thank you, Alane. I appreciate you taking a moment to comment and inspire others!

        Reply
  2. Kika Gusmao

    It is good to have you back on the blog Jennifer! 😀 Thank you for sharing your adventures with us.

    Reply
  3. Debbie

    I’m glad you’re backing writing the blog again. It looks like a beautiful place. It was nice to have the pictures we could walk with you even if it was only pictures and words! Nature has many beautiful things. Thank you!

    Reply
  4. Dave Zimmerman

    The photos are exceptional! The one of the trailhead captlures the interplay of light , color, and textures beautifully.
    Well done Jenn it complements your writing beautifully.
    Dave

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