These pictures are from along route 3 a few miles north of Franconia Notch, New Hampshire. I stopped at the turnout just north of the picnic area at the Mount Cleveland overlook. You can walk into the woods anywhere in that section and find simlar sights.
Looking straight up the trunk of a big yellow birch tree. This would make great veneer, trim pieces around doors or windors, or furniture.
The same tree.
Looking up into the treetops. Notice the dead tree. Trees die of old age and disease just as humans do. Insects also attack weak or old trees and destroy them.
The forest floor. You can see small tree trunks of trees that started to grow, then died and fell over due to lack of light. There is a small maple that would like to grow, but will also die in a few years for lack of light. You can see some dead limbs that have fallen from dying trees.
You can see how dim the light is because of the canopy above.
Some ferns and small trees. The ferns also don't grow as much here as they do when there is more light.
Fungi growing on rotting trees. What a waste of wood.
Remains of another tree that has broken and fallen over.
This is about as big as most of the small trees get before dying. For those of you who thing logging is "killing" trees, look at how many trees you "kill" by not logging.
Even the fungus is rotting. A "mature" forest is pretty much silent with the feeling of death about it.
Another look up at the canopy. Not much light getting through.
A rotting tree trunk. Another waste of good wood. This could have heated a house for a few days, generated some electricity, made some furniture or a number of other uses. Think of it as stored solar energy wasted.
More rotting wood on the forest floor. It's hard to see due to the lack of light.
This area probably won't ever be logged as it's next to the road. We wouldn't want to upset misled environmentalists by actually making use of a resource before it dies and rots now would we?