Finally found some delicious gopher apples to eat.
First time, that I can recall, finding a pine that fell over with the branches growing up off it. Presuming the trunk does not die, eventually the limbs will grow so large upright that they will themselves look like individual trees as opposed to what they really are, branches. Normally with trees like magnolias, as the limbs grow larger and larger they push the trunk to the ground and then as that dies they will often root themselves and become standalone. However, I’ve never seen this with pines but I marked the location and over the years I’ll keep coming back to it.
The other is just topography. I placed the branch there to help highlight the divot. Often people see these mushrooms, the woody ones of the Ganodermas growing out of the ground with no tree around really and think it’s just coming out of the soil. But most of the time they are growing off the roots left behind. These divots end up looking like they are filled in ofer time from leaves getting in and making it appear flush to the ground. This spot will also collect more water and the old roots left behind really helps hold the moisture. These slots will actually be slightly warmer than the surrounding area and in early fall if you come back to them and begin to disturb the leaves you’ll find snakes sleeping or resting in them. It allows a larger snake to be hidden because you don’t realize it’s a hole that’s 3-4 inches deep. They can just curl up into side snd be in their own micro climate.