Tree identification time! This is a paper white birch. They are very pretty trees. Ice storms are their nemesis. We have a fair number of these up on the north east slope of Sugar Mountain and the bad ice storm of the winter of 1998 did a fair bit of damage up there among their ranks. When Will and I hiked up Sugar Mountain through the sugar bush last fall we saw a very traumatically and massive freshly broken birch. The high winds and heavy snow had done it in.
I love seeing birch in the woods because they add a contrasting color. The twigs also smell distinctive and quite pleasant. Young apples, cherry and birch can look somewhat a like to the eye but the differences in their smell always let me know which is which. What ever you do, don’t peel the bark from a live birch tree. It may be tempting but it can damage and even kill the tree.
Birch wood makes wonderful cabinetry. I built my desk of birch and cherry. The kitchen cabinets in our house are all of birch as well as the window and door frames in the kitchen. They were done by Lloyd, the previous owner, before our time. He told me that most of the birch came from the land, what was his and is now ours. He had a sawmill that had been started by his father up on the heights along Route 302 before it dips down to Riddle Pond on our side to the east and the town of Orange to the west.
21째F/8째F, 4″ Snow, Partly Sunny