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Mixed oak forest, Salisbury, Vermont by Chris Fastie

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Taken by
Chris Fastie Chris Fastie
Explore score
0.71 Gigapixels
Date added
Oct 15, 2009
Date taken
Oct 14, 2009

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


Mesic Red Oak-Northern Hardwood Forest, Salisbury, Vermont -- This well-drained kame terrace in the Salisbury Town Forest supports a dry example of this forest type with three oak species. The forest community is distinguished by the absence of sugar maple, an important component of hardwood forests on less droughty sites. It includes red oak, white oak, and chestnut oak, and I think at least one black oak (I have yet to get my hands on a leaf or acorn from it).

This gigapan can be viewed in its geographic context here: conservation.townofsalisbury.org/panoramas/townforest/index.htm Will open in a new tab or window
Some botanical and technical information is in a comment.

Gigapan Comments (3)

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  1. Chris Fastie

    Chris Fastie (November 02, 2009, 04:39AM )

    Plant species in this stand in order of importance within category -- Overstory trees: Red oak (Quercus rubra), White oak (Quercus alba), Red maple (Acer rubrum), Chestnut oak (Quercus prinus), White pine (Pinus strobus), American beech (Fagus grandifolia), Black birch (Betula lenta), Paper birch (Betula papyrifera). Understory trees and shrubs: Red maple (Acer rubrum), Striped maple (Acer pensylvanicum), Hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana), Beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta), Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), Shadbush (Amelanchier arborea), Low sweet blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium), Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens). Herbs: Braken fern (Pteridium aquilinum), Sarsasparilla (Aralia nudicaulis), Whorled wood aster (Oclemena acuminata), Marginal shield fern (Dryopteris marginalis), Tree clubmoss (Lycopodium obscurum)......................................... ..... Elevation: 200 m (650 ft), Camera location from GPS: N43 56.362 W73 05.410.......................................... Community names follow Thompson and Sorenson 2000 www.vtfishandwildlife.com/books/We tland,Woodland,Wildland Will open in
a new tab or window/....................................Notes: I used a Nikon D40 with Nikkor P C 105mm f/2.5 lens at f/16, 1/20 second, ISO 200, NEF. 35mm equiv is 157mm. Two second shutter delay initiated by wireless remote. Field of view 9.8 degrees. Exposure of groups of photos was increased by ~0.2 - 1.6 stops in Lightroom before outputting jpegs for stitching.

  2. Chris Fastie

    Chris Fastie (October 16, 2009, 04:39PM )

    Thanks, Jason. I am sure that the Fine Foundation, which generously supported my introduction to GigaPanning, would be pleased that the pursuit of my scientific goal of documenting forest communities had a result that someone considers to be artwork. I think maybe all the beauty is already in the forest, especially this time of year. I had another brisk afternoon in the woods today, and 5 new panos to stitch.

  3. Jason Buchheim

    Jason Buchheim (October 15, 2009, 07:57PM )

    This is incredibly beautiful artwork! Fantastic! Very nicely put together, exposed, composed, all. I imagine it was also a nice day in the forest.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.4090 (Windows)
Panorama size: 707 megapixels (46905 x 15075 pixels)
Input images: 189 (21 columns by 9 rows)
Field of view: 196.2 degrees wide by 63.0 degrees high (top=39.7, bottom=-23.4)
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: 27.4 to 42.4 percent
Vertical overlap: 16.1 to 27.7 percent
Computer stats: 3581.58 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 4:27:25 (1:24 per picture)
Alignment: 1:00:16, Projection: 18:12, Blending: 3:08:57

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