Big River Forest State Park - IL USA

gardener365(5b Illinois USA)November 17, 2011

Not enough daylight hours to see this place (today) but the drive is only 30 min. 200 plus acres of Pinus: strobus, resinosa, densiflora, & banksiana - mainly

Dax

Pinus resinosa

Pinus resinosa

Pinus resinosa with cones

Pinus resinosa with cones

Pinus resinosa

Pinus resinosa cone

Pinus resinosa bark

Big River Forest State Park - sand

Pinus banksiana

Pinus banksiana Buds and Foliage note twisted needle appearance

Pinus banksiana cone

Big River Forest State Park Illinois USA

Pinus densiflora

Pinus densiflora canopy

Pinus densiflora bark

Big River Forest State Park Illinois USA

Pinus strobus

Wild Turkeys Running Away From my Sudden Slam on the Brakes to Photograph them:

Returning Home End of Conifers

Returning Home Illinois Landscape

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sprucebud

Really enjoyed that tour. Thank you.
Richard

    Bookmark   November 18, 2011 at 3:32AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Glad you enjoyed.

Dax

    Bookmark   November 18, 2011 at 5:38AM
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hermi-of-iowa

Good to see that you got over there. Did you see any broom ? Did you find the weeping Pinus rigidas ? That place is real interesting place to see. I think there is a lot more acres there than you posted though. Went there the first time with Chub Harper and Randy Dykstra many years ago.
Dennis

    Bookmark   November 18, 2011 at 8:25AM
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coniferjoy(z7 The Netherlands)

Dax, I really enjoyed this tour to.
How come that Pinus densiflora is planted in this forest while it's not native in the U.S.?
This is a bit strange to me...

    Bookmark   November 18, 2011 at 8:29AM
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eric_9b(z9b Orlando)

Very nice ! Looks to be very sandy.

I was in central IL last month visiting family. In the Havana area (south of Peoria) the soil turns sandy near the Illinois River and you begin to see lots of pine forest.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2011 at 9:58AM
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salicaceae(z8b FL)

Are you sure pic #15 (Pinus densiflora bark) isn't really rigida? The epicormic shoots on the trunk are a hallmark for rigida and not densiflora.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2011 at 10:37AM
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bernd ny zone5

That looks like where I was born, north of Berlin, Germany. Pines (Kiefern) and sand, glaciers ground rocks to sand many thousand years ago. In summer it was dry and very warm, and nice.
Bernd

    Bookmark   November 18, 2011 at 6:54PM
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pineresin

"Are you sure pic #15 (Pinus densiflora bark) isn't really rigida? The epicormic shoots on the trunk are a hallmark for rigida and not densiflora"

The persistent cones also fit P. rigida better. But the pics aren't clear enough to be 100% certain.

Resin

    Bookmark   November 18, 2011 at 6:59PM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Here is the best photo I can offer for clarification:

Talk later and answer questions.

Dax

    Bookmark   November 18, 2011 at 7:49PM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Nope no brooms Hermsen, only those waiting to be found.

Edwin, prior to going to the park I heard there were all species mentioned in my first post. I cannot answer for you your question regarding densiflora, however, I wish I would have found and photographed a cone on the ground for confirmation.

Dax

    Bookmark   November 19, 2011 at 9:20AM
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pineresin

Hi Dax,

The cones there could well be P. densiflora, they don't look right for P. rigida. But still not enough detail to clinch it.

You'll have to go back for another look ;-)

Resin

    Bookmark   November 19, 2011 at 1:10PM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

I certainly will!

Thanks Resin- Guys!

Dax

    Bookmark   November 19, 2011 at 1:40PM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

Dax, do you know the history of the park?
Why all the different kind of trees?
Why was it made in to a State Park?
When I do a search, I get this thread, and that's all.
Mike

    Bookmark   November 19, 2011 at 5:29PM
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rbrady(5/Eastern Ia)

The pictures are lovely, but in person it is even better. I lived in the area of Big River for a few years. I used to take my kids hiking through when they were little. It originally was a pine plantation. The state acquired it and now it is a state park. I want to say it is close to 3,000 acres now.

Rhonda

    Bookmark   November 19, 2011 at 7:14PM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Thanks Rhonda. I have a long, long, ways to go to put footprints in this park.

Dax

    Bookmark   November 20, 2011 at 2:56PM
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