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Dry Oak Forest, Salisbury, Vermont by Chris Fastie

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Taken by
Chris Fastie Chris Fastie
Explore score
0.93 Gigapixels
Date added
Aug 17, 2009
Date taken
Aug 16, 2009

Nikkor P C 105mm f/2.5, Nikon...


Dry Oak Forest in the Salisbury Town Forest. Thin, till-derived soil on this gentle south-facing slope supports a stunted forest of white, chestnut, and red oak. These species grow more than twice as tall elsewhere on deeper or wetter soils. Shrubs, herbs, and grasses take advantage of the ample sunlight passing through the sparse canopy. The similar size of the oaks suggests they are similar in age, and that they colonized the site after the previous vegetation was removed by logging or fire about a century ago. There are lots of seedlings of all three oak species, and if deer don't eat them, this forest type could persist here as the first generation trees mature and die.

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    Chris Fastie (August 17, 2009, 07:08PM )

    Plant species in this scene in order of importance within category -- Overstory trees: White oak (Quercus alba), Chestnut oak (Quercus prinus), Red oak (Quercus rubra) Understory trees and shrubs -- Shadbush (Amelanchier arborea), Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium), Black cherry (Prunus serotina), Striped maple (Acer pensylvanicum) Herbs and grasses -- Hair grass (Deschampsia flexuosa) Sarsasparilla (Aralia nudicaulis), Heart leaved aster (Aster cordifolius), Braken fern (Pteridium aquilinum), Wild oats (Uvularia sessilifolia), Starflower (Trientalis borealis), Mayflower (Maianthemum canadense), Bastard toad flax (Geocaulon lividum), Whorled loosestrife (Lysimachia quadrifolia), Marginal shield fern (Dryopteris marginalis), Blue-stemmed goldenrod (Solidago caesia) .............................. Elevation: 325 m (1060 ft), Camera location from GPS: N43 56.530 W73 04.799 ............................... Notes: Taken with a 105mm prime lens at f/32, ISO 200, 1/2 sec. The morning breeze started a bit early, so many fluttering leaves are blurry. Photos were recorded in NEF, and exposure, recovery, and fill light were applied to groups of photos as needed before stitching.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.4090 (Windows)
Panorama size: 934 megapixels (52300 x 17873 pixels)
Input images: 377 (29 columns by 13 rows)
Field of view: 217.5 degrees wide by 74.3 degrees high (top=42.3, bottom=-32.0)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera model: NIKON D40
Image size: 3008x2000 (6.0 megapixels)
Capture time: unknown
Aperture: unknown
Exposure time: unknown
ISO: unknown
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: unknown
Exposure mode: unknown
Horizontal overlap: 41.3 to 65.2 percent
Vertical overlap: 31.5 to 43.2 percent
Computer stats: 3581.58 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 3:12:39 (0:30 per picture)
Alignment: 54:24, Projection: 14:09, Blending: 2:04:05

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