Evergreens at Reffitt

White Pines line the dirt road leading to the trailhead. Some are just saplings vying for some light, while others tower over the landscape with a wisdom that sings in the breeze.

Reffitt is rich with these beautiful state trees.

Everyone Benefits

As I have noted in earlier posts, the importance of preserves and natural areas has never been so paramount. not only for the ecological benefits, but for the benefit of our species as we navigate the pandemic. While by no means a guarantee of 100% safety (just because one is outside, does not mean the virus is not present), preserves and natural areas offer a recreation output, and a means to exercise and ‘reset’ the mind.

Additionally, these protected lands offer the visitor the opportunity to observe the myriad species that exist all around us. Shrubs, trees, mosses, birds, deer, squirrels and other species can equate to a wonderful outdoor experience.

One such preserve in Traverse City, Reffitt Nature Preserve, offers up this type of experience. In this post, I wish to share five of my favorite species–all being evergreens.

White Pine: Pinus strobus

Slide 1: The unmistakable clusters of 5…the White Pine (Copyright The Wilderness Journal 2021)

Red Pine: Pinus resinosa

Slide 2: Short, stubby pine cones and coarse, thick needles–the Red Pine (Copyright The Wilderness Journal 2021)

Jack Pine: Pinus banksiana

Slide 3: The Jack Pine is known for its heat-activated pine cones (sometimes in the shape of a ‘J’ )(Copyright The Wilderness Journal 2021)

White Cedar: Thuja occidentalis

Slide 4: The White Cedar has needles that are not ‘needle-like’, instead they are much more soft to the touch. (Copyright The Wilderness Journal 2021)

Common Juniper: Juniperus communis

Slide 5: Juniper grows well in such soils (though can tolerate a range of conditions) as those found at Reffitt. (Copyright The Wilderness Journal 2021)

Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit.

Stay safe everyone!

-Adam K.

*I used a Panasonic FZ-50 to capture these images…a solid camera from 2006.

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  1. Good Morning Adam, Thanks for the pix & words regarding the pines at Reffitt..some of my favorite trees. I do not find the ubiquitous palms in Florida nearly as attractive as the pines of Michigan..but of course, I do enjoy the warmth here..

    On Wed, Mar 3, 2021, 7:11 PM The Wilderness Journal wrote:

    > The Wilderness Journal posted: ” White Pines line the dirt road leading to > the trailhead. Some are just saplings vying for some light, while others > tower over the landscape with a wisdom that sings in the breeze. Reffitt is > rich with these beautiful state trees. Everyone Benefit” >

    Like

  2. Hi Adam, I had your newest post, but seem to have lost it..can you resend? I really like the pix..esp.the chickadee & the fungi. I got my 2nd vaccine today..it went great.. The young guy was so good I hardly felt it.. G

    On Wed, Mar 3, 2021, 7:11 PM The Wilderness Journal wrote:

    > The Wilderness Journal posted: ” White Pines line the dirt road leading to > the trailhead. Some are just saplings vying for some light, while others > tower over the landscape with a wisdom that sings in the breeze. Reffitt is > rich with these beautiful state trees. Everyone Benefit” >

    Like

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