Colchester Pond North Point and Picnic Spot
Traveling east along the north end of the pond, notice the clearing on the point. The large stones provide a great place to sit and rest, as well as have a picnic lunch.
As you walk into the forest along the trail, notice the dominant white pine trees. They are the tallest trees in the forest, and can be identified by their whorls and the fact that their needles grow in clusters of five. The whorls are the rings of branches around the trunk of the trees, and they can be counted to determine the age of the tree. Also, notice that the white pines have shallow roots and easily fall over in storms. Along the shoreline, evidence of these shallow roots are the leaning pine trees.
If you travel the trail in early summer, you will probably notice that you are walking on some tiny cones. These are the male pinecones that have already released their sperm (pollen). Also along the forest floor are pine needles that have fallen from the white pines. These needles live for approximately two years before falling off the tree. Under the pine trees, the dominant trees are deciduous and include beech trees and striped maples.