Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest & the VB Rocks

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The Hubbard Brook Forest is one of two research stations inside White Mountain NF. The place is dotted with weather stations, thesis projects and woodpeckers.

 

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There is no logging within the research station and hasn’t been for decades. As a result, the forest is mature. Dead trees like this one turn into lunch counters for insect eating birds.

Hubbard Brook is within easy reach of I-93.

 

This particular hill has a view of the highway, but who wants to look at that? Here is the the steep slope on the other side, the ‘dark side of the moon’ if you will.steep_slope

It seems that I constantly encounter these boulders along nameless ridges that are just waiting to be climbed. New Hampshire is the Granite State, after all. This particular rock is about a foot taller than me.

I used the rock and the tree trunk to the left for leverage to climb up and slid down the back where the drop was steeper but shorter.

About a hundred yards away I found this larger boulder. Good thing I had already indulged my compulsion to climb.

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I found this woodpecker tree on my way out. The tree is still alive, but most likely is going to succumb to insects or disease soon.

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Nobody home!

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