Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Unique Shagbark Hickory

My husband and I can't pass by Glimmerglass State Park in central New York... without spending some time there.
This area is referred to as the Leatherstocking Region. I have many beautiful photos to share... This will be my first entry.
One of the most interesting trees I've ever seen is the
Shagbark Hickory.
This one is growing tall in one of the more secluded picnic areas at Glimmerglass.

We actually have one growing in our area. Our neighbor had it flagged to be cut down... luckily the builder refused. It has to be at least 100 years old!
It's our neighborhood's oldest tree, I'm sure.


...Here she is a little closer...
...Here's a view of the little guest house it keeps...
...And now, a real closeup...
More from Glimmerglass later this week!

~as you seek The Best~

15 comments:

Roo said...

i love trees....and this one is exceptional. thanks for sharing!

Wanda said...

Maria...I so relate to your post...My property runneth over with Shagbark Hickory and Walnut trees...I think that is why we have so many squirrels.

Our bluebirds will land on the tip of the flared out bark and watch for insects...it's a built in perch.

Linda said...

We were born and lived in NY until we were in our thirties, but I don't think I've ever seen one of those trees. Unique and beautiful - and I love it that they are so elderly.
Beautiful pictures Maria.

Rebecca said...

I have NEVER heard of this kind of tree. I live in Oklahoma...maybe they don't grow here?! I would love to see one...

oxRebecca

Farmgirl Cyn said...

How cool is that???
We have one that grows here in MI called a River Birch that has cool peeling bark. (love the bird in your header!)

TCKK said...

How awesome!!!

~Chris said...

A picture of both strength and fragility.

christalenergy said...

beautiful photos...the tree is a bit strange...in a nice way of course :)

Deidra said...

I've never seen anything like it! It's beautiful.

Diana said...

Our local Girl Scout Council is called Shagbark Council. However I have never really noticed if we had the Shagbark Hickory growing in our area. I will have to keep my eyes Peeled! Your photos were great Maria.

Sandy said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the photos.

Wanda said...

Maria ~ I love that Shagbark Hickory... What a fantastic quirk of nature. I've always said God had a sense of humor when he created so many unique things for us to enjoy~

Your pictures are stunning.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful tree and lovely shots !! I enjoyed this post..Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

Barb said...

Hi Maria,
Lovely old Shagbark trees - sometimes I feel a bit like the trees look - shaggy with some dents, roughness, and knotholes. Glad no one wants to cut me down...yet! Have you started school?

EcoRover said...

Thanks for sharing the shagbark pics & story. I have a collection of walking sticks from the Allegheny hills. Glad the tree was saved. The one made of shagbark hickory is so heavy that I seldom use it. I made a self-bow for my nephew from hickory--just a kid's bow but it would drive an arrow through several layers of cardboard. Wonderful wood, beautiful tree. Thanks for raising some good memories.