I went hiking today in a part of South Carolina where I haven’t been in a long time. I logged six hours driving (round trip) and eight hours hiking. I hit a number of waterfalls I wanted to see, but to me the most impressive thing were the forests I hiked through. I had forgotten that this area of Sumter National Forest has some amazing stands of hardwoods.
|At first I thought this was a buckeye tree when I spotted it from the trail. But when I got down to the base of the trunk and looked up I could see that it’s a Tulip tree.|
|I stitched this shot from four photos of the tree’s trunk. One thing about Tulip trees is their tendency not to taper as much as other hardwoods.|