One hundred and fifty some acres of the most impressive trees to be seen in Ohio are in Wayne County. Yesterday we traveled to Johnson Woods, a State Nature Preserve just outside of Orrville. The locals have always called it "The Big Woods."
Several of the trees here are over 400 years old. Imagine: they were already growing when the Pilgrims arrived in America! This towering Old Growth Forest was featured in the book Among the Ancients (by Joan Maloof.) It inspired our visit, and has re-awakened my interest in trees.
but we were experiencing "tree neck." My father is gaping at the dizzying height of one of the giants. Friends and family were leaning back and pointing, like tourist seeing sky-scrapers for the first time.
Fall color is starting to arrive with the blackgum trees. They are always the first red flags to wave autumn in. This giant of a Blackgum- or Tupelo- as some call them, had us all craning our necks to admire the view.
We are so fortunate to have this forest monument preserved for our enjoyment. Schedule an afternoon there and look closely at the entire eco-system. It is filled with life and death- the very stuff of nature.