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.
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
Red Pine: Pinus resinosa
Jack Pine: Pinus banksiana
White Cedar: Thuja occidentalis
Common Juniper: Juniperus communis
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Stay safe everyone!
*I used a Panasonic FZ-50 to capture these images…a solid camera from 2006.