Blog Author : slopezalles

A graph of jagged rainbow lines

When I started this summer, I treated gathering my data as the end goal. Like the “X” marking the treasure on a map, I assumed that if I could just get all the data - collect all the samples, measure all the ring widths, cross-date all the trees - that everything else would fall into place.

A yellow bee poised in front of a dark hole in the bark of tree

While measuring and dating (or matching a year to each tree ring) the oak cores I collected earlier in the summer, I noticed an abundance of ring anomalies that aren’t supposed to be common in oaks.

A sliver of a tree core with dark bands separating the tree rings

I’ve spent the a majority of my time since my last blog peering down a microscope at tree rings, so I figured now was as good a time as any to share what I’ve learned.

A golden yellow slug contrasted against dark wet wood

These past few weeks, dear readers, have been an exercise in persistence. I’ve spent the better part of my time recently doing intensely repetitive work.

A bright yellow tape measure against the green of the forest floor

Hello everyone!