HIKING - BARNARD, VERMONT
Trees are scenically the most important of Vermont plants. Most ancient in this group are the conifers, of which fifteen varieties are found in the State. Of these, the most valuable commercially is the white pine, which is depicted on the State seal. Of the three species of spruce, the red spruce is most abundant and valuable, and is largely responsible for the dark green of Vermont’s wooded mountains. The most common deciduous trees found in the State include several varieties of maple, elm, birch, beech, oak, hickory, ash, cherry, and butternut.
—Vermont, A Guide To the Green Mountain State (WPA, 1937)
Vermonter Mercedes Mehling is a champion of her home state. She loves it so much, in fact, that she curates a great Vermont blog called LoVermont. She sends this photo dispatch for Field Assignment #2 - Flora and Fauna.
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Mercedes Mehling is from a town called Strafford in central Vermont. She loves taking pictures and video and where she lives, it’s not hard to find something beautiful to photograph. In her spare time, she loves to hike, bike, snowboard, jump in swimming holes - basically anything that involves being outside in this great little state.