Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Negro Mountain trees

On the way back to Ohio along I-68, there are numerous mountains one drives over. Here is some highway cam near the summit of Negro Mountain.


There was mile after mile of those trees, which I was sure were dead. Eventually, you get to green trees again. But according to wiki:
The mountain retains its elevation above 3,000 feet (910 m) for much of its length, especially in Pennsylvania. Weather on the mountain is fierce, frost can occur at anytime of the year and winds and ice storms are common. Near the summit in Pennsylvania, the trees are stunted and circular rock formations from frost heave can be readily seen.
Maybe if/when I drive back east later this year there will be green trees? In the meantime, I'm back in Ohio. I'll have to console myself with the fact that there are pictures to be taken here, too.


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41 comments:

vacuumslayer said...

They're called African-American Mountain trees.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Ahh, wiki covers the Controversy as well, vs.

Both Polish and Negro mountains have retained their names...I try to take pictures of the signs (which include maximum elevation) sometimes, but that's a bit tricky when you're driving.
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mikey said...

When you got back to Ohio, was your city gone?

'Cause, yeah, that would be weird n shit, but I heard it happened to Crissy Hynde.

Um.

Unless she was telling tall tales. Never thought of that possibility before.

Dammit.

Randal Graves said...

Dammit, someone already took the best joke. Your commenters are so uppity.

Aunt Snow said...

Oooooh. Phlox? (sorry, don't mean to be rude.)

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

why would anyone try to Polish a Mountain?

vacuumslayer said...

Because some people like their mountains dumb.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

well, that wasn't the joke I expected.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

"Negro Mountain trees"....There was mile after mile of those trees, which I was sure were dead.

You should have demanded to see their birth certificates.

vacuumslayer said...

I'm trying to make this entry as offensive as possible.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

tough to do, with Substance posting goatse links at the drop of a hat....

vacuumslayer said...

I can never beat Sub. I can only hope to learn from him.

Jennifer said...

why would anyone try to Polish a Mountain?

I'm guessing we'd know why if it were Knob Mountain.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

See, Randal?

There were plenty of good jokes left!
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Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

circular rock formations from frost heave can be readily seen.

That's what they want you to believe- those are really shrines to Yog-Sothoth.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

I'm guessing we'd know why if it were Knob Mountain.

Or Turd Peak.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Yog-Sothoth always stiffs the servers at teh End Of The World planning meetings, what a dipshit.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

I can never beat Sub.

it helps if you use a stout 2x4. Swing from the hips.

vacuumslayer said...

So the Sexy Nurse costume and whip is the wrong tack?

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Look, his name is "Sub".

Change the costume to the leather boots and mask and I think you're on to something. The whip is OK.

vacuumslayer said...

Ya know, for a zombie you're pretty quick with the witty riposte.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

you're pretty quick with the witty riposte...

....with a stout 2x4.

vacuumslayer said...

stout 2x4

I've never had that beer. I bet it tastes like Guinness.

Jennifer said...

Or Turd Peak.

I was going to say something similar, ZRM, but had to go the filthbot route...

Jennifer said...

....with a stout 2x4.

Men are always exaggerating...

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

had to go the filthbot route...

I don't think anyone expected anything different.

vacuumslayer said...

Men are always exaggerating...

LOL

Another Kiwi said...

I like how A member of his force, a black slave or a scout named "Nemisis," was killed in the battle. The mountain was accordingly named "Negro Mountain" in his honor
Great Honour, "Some Black Guy Mountain"
Hey barkeep, two 2x4 stouts for me and the dog.

Smut Clyde said...

Some of them purple flowers is gray parsnips (or grape hyacinths if you insist on exactitude). Others -- plain hyacinths?

I wonder if Soren from the 8-Wired Brewery can be talked into making a 2x4 Stout.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Soren from the 8-Wired Brewery can be talked into making a 2x4 Stout.

feed him some Christmas Ale first, and I bet he'll be game.

Or just hit him with a stout 2x4. Swing from the hips.

Of course, you people from Not-America probably have some Communist Metrical equivalent for lumber sizing YES I SAID IT.

Jennifer said...

Some of them purple flowers is gray parsnips (or grape hyacinths if you insist on exactitude). Others -- plain hyacinths?

Yeah, the ones on the right, but the ones on the left do look like phlox... but some of those leaves, mingling in between the two look like Creeping Charlie!

RUN, THUNDER!!!

vacuumslayer said...

"Great Honour, "Some Black Guy Mountain"


Is it inappropriate for me to LOL at this? Too late. I did.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Creeping Charlie

I'd never heard that name applied to a plant before. The stuff you learn on the internets!

It has numerous medicinal uses, and is commonly used as a tasty salad green in many countries.
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vacuumslayer said...

Creeping Charlie: Not just your neighborhood sex offender anymore!

Jennifer said...

You can smell Creeping Charlie a mile away. I hate its smell. I wouldn't even mind it if it didn't smell so.

Of course ours wintered well so Creeping Charlie will have its stinky mitts all over us in no time.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Thanks for the helpful details, people. I've changed the alt text to include: Phlox subulata, Muscari neglectum, and Glechoma hederacea.

P.S. Jennifer, the wiki entry has some interesting details regarding the salad suitability of Glechoma hederacea:

Safety

Although it has been used as a salad green and in herbal medicines for thousands of years, the safety of Glechoma hederacea has not been established scientifically, and there is sufficient evidence to warrant caution with its use (citation needed). Cases of poisoning in cattle and horses have been documented (citation needed). Glechoma hederacea is known to contain terpenoids; terpene-rich volatile oils are known to irritate the gastrointestinal tract and kidneys. The volatile oil also contains pulegone, a chemical also occurring in pennyroyal that is a known irritant, toxic to the liver, and also an abortifacient. The total yield of volatile oil in Glechoma is less than 1/30th the concentration that of pennyroyal.

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Smut Clyde said...

gray parsnips (or grape hyacinths if you insist on exactitude).

Teh Great Gazoogle informs me that the "gray parsnips" nickname seems to be unique to my family, forcing me to conclude that it was invented by my parents in an attempt to screw us up.

Kathleen said...

"there is sufficient evidence to warrant caution with its use (citation needed). Cases of poisoning in cattle and horses have been documented (citation needed)."

good old wikipedia

mikey said...

Yeah mate, gonna need a dozen three meter fifty by one hundreds. Number two white pine, eh?

Anonymous said...

Just drove through Negro Mountain on I-68 earlier today and was shocked to see the "dead" trees for miles and miles. Of course, I googled it and found a link to your site. Just thought you'd like to know that they still look dead at this time of the year, even though just a few miles on either side, the trees are beautifully covered with yellow orange leaves.

Anonymous said...

Came thru in April and today
Most of the trees are dead
A few years ago there were forest fires in western Md
Wonder if this was left behind