Monday, October 18, 2010

October 18 - Beech - Fagus grandifolia

The Beech Tree

A Smokey Mountain Beech Gap

A Smokey Mountain Beech Gap
The Beech Gap in the Smokies

Perhaps this is the most breathtaking place I have ever been.  
Is it the color of the Beech leaves against Fall's blue southern sky?  
Is it the way we are all silent and just standing in the presence of something far greater than ourselves?
I can not comprehend all that I feel as I stand in this place. 

Beech Gaps are here with us on this planet in ever shrinking numbers.  These habitats are home to species that only live in and around these trees.  May we all do our part to learn all we can as to how we can protect and preserve the biodiversity of the Beech Gaps on the earth.  You can visit this Beech Gap and experience the awe yourself.  It is near Indian Gap in the Great Smokey Mtn. National Park in Tennessee.


Thank you, Jeremy Lloyd, who teaches at Tremont Institute, for teaching our Class on Southern Appalachian Ecology and taking us to the Beech Gap.

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