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Jerry Schoen's Snapshots

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  1. Cattails

    Snapshot Title: Cattails
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Untitled
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Cattails cover the northeast quarter of the pond, and spread around somewhat to the northwest and southwest corners - all shallow areas. Isolated stands are also found in other shallow locations aroun...



  2. Beaver lodge

    Snapshot Title: Beaver lodge
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Untitled
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    This lodge has been in and out of use by beavers over the last 6 years or more. The half-submerged plants to its left are evidence that it is currently intended as a winter home - that's the beavers' ...



  3. Seasonal comparisons

    Snapshot Title: Seasonal comparisons
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Swift River 10 8 2010
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Streamside foliage is turning in this early October image. Compare this to an image of the same location taken in June 2010:
    www.gigapan.org/gigapans/51144/



  4. Pocumtuck Ridge

    Snapshot Title: Pocumtuck Ridge
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Connecticut River Valley from Mount Holyoke
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    The southernmost peaks are South and North Sugraloaf mountains. See a closeup of these:
    www.gigapan.org/gigapans/60518/



  5. Mount Warner

    Snapshot Title: Mount Warner
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Connecticut River Valley from Mount Holyoke
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:



  6. Rainbow trout

    Snapshot Title: Rainbow trout
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Swift River 10 8 2010
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Difficult to see, but that's a rainbow trout.



  7. Watch for animal tracks

    Snapshot Title: Watch for animal tracks
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: apple trees in meadow 10 3 2010
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    None in this image, but they will soon appear, as animals start visiting this spot to feed up on the apples. See examples of past animal activity here:
    tinyurl.com/1stmeadowscat Will open in a new tab or window



  8. Macroinvertebrate habitat

    Snapshot Title: Macroinvertebrate habitat
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Swift River upstream and down
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    These rocks provide good habitat for bottom dwelling stream insects and other aquatic bugs. Some bugs that were collected from this spot in 2010:
    tinyurl.com/2fr8hst Will open in a new tab or window



  9. Trout holding water

    Snapshot Title: Trout holding water
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Swift River upstream and down
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Trout will often lie in shallow water at the tail of this long pool, both in midstream and under overhanging foliage on the far bank.
    Here's one that was caught here:
    tinyurl.com/2ac3q45 Will open in a new tab or window



  10. Plant Details

    Snapshot Title: Plant Details
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Whitmore courtyard trees 7 30 10
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Several closeup photos of plants in this image can be found here:
    tinyurl.com/umgardendetails Will open in a new tab or window



  11. Plant details

    Snapshot Title: Plant details
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Rhododendron Garden, UMass Amherst
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Details of this and several other plants can be found here: tinyurl.com/umgardendetails Will open in a new tab or window



  12. Flora and fauna

    Snapshot Title: Flora and fauna
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Swift River upstream and down
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    On this same day, several additional closeup photos were taken of riparian plants and aquatic insect larvae. They can be seen here: tinyurl.com/2uo9a7c Will open in a new tab or window



  13. fallen log

    Snapshot Title: fallen log
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Swift River upstream and down
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Good trout habitat. They like to lie under cover such as this. Compare this with same scene two weeks later, after water levels had dropped from 171 CFS to 116 CFS:
    tinyurl.com/28gquft Will open in a new tab or window



  14. Pocumtuck Ridge

    Snapshot Title: Pocumtuck Ridge
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Rattlesnake Knob looking north over Amherst, MA
    Image Owner: Matthew Mattingly



    Description:

    Prominent feature on east side of Connecticut River Valley. For a closer view, open this Gigapan
    gigapan.org/gigapans/36130/ , which was taken from Mount Warner, about 6 miles northwest of Ra...



  15. Lake Warner

    Snapshot Title: Lake Warner
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Connecticut River Valley from North Hadley
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    This is just a small portion of Lake Warner, which extends both east and west from this location. Other parts of the lake can be seen behind trees to the left.



  16. Connecticut River

    Snapshot Title: Connecticut River
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Connecticut River Valley from North Hadley
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    This stretch of the river is just south of the Route 116 (Sunderland) bridge. A popular float of several hours can be taken between the Route 116 and Route 9 (Northampton) bridges. River access poin...



  17. Mount Sugarloaf

    Snapshot Title: Mount Sugarloaf
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Connecticut River Valley from North Hadley
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    This is part of the Pocumtuck Ridge, formed 200 million years ago by basaltic flows and subsequent tilting and erosion. For a closer look:
    www.gigapan.org/gigapans/60518/
    Although it appears ...



  18. Embedded Gigapan

    Snapshot Title: Embedded Gigapan
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: View from the UMass Campus Center
    Image Owner: Ron Schott



    Description:

    Another Gigapan has been taken at this location.
    gigapan.org/gigapans/30956/



  19. Mount Sugarloaf

    Snapshot Title: Mount Sugarloaf
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Rattlesnake Knob looking north over Amherst, MA
    Image Owner: Matthew Mattingly



    Description:

    Mount Sugarloaf, in South Deerfield, lies just west of the Connecticut River. The mountain, with its twin peaks, is evidence of the CT River Valley's origin as a rift valley. A long sequence of erosio...



  20. Mount Warner

    Snapshot Title: Mount Warner
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Rattlesnake Knob looking north over Amherst, MA
    Image Owner: Matthew Mattingly



    Description:

    Mount Warner, located in Hadley, is a 514' hill in the CT River valley, about 1/4 mile east of the river. When glacial Lake Hitchcock covered the valley some 13,000 years ago, Mount Warner was an isl...



  21. Stone wall

    Snapshot Title: Stone wall
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Mixed hardwood - pine forest
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    This stand encompasses what is now a forest road. Wall continues to right and left of this picture. The curvature of the photo makes the wall appear to bend, but it is in reality rather straight.



  22. Yellow Birch.  Likes moist, well-drained soils

    Snapshot Title: Yellow Birch. Likes moist, well-drained soils
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Mixed hardwood - pine forest
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=BEAL2 Will open in a new tab or window



  23. Witch hazel. Open link for foliage, flower photos.

    Snapshot Title: Witch hazel. Open link for foliage, flower photos.
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Mixed hardwood - pine forest
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Witch hazel flowers: tinyurl.com/ykwck96 Will open in a new tab or window



  24. Young pines

    Snapshot Title: Young pines
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Mixed hardwood - pine forest
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    These young pines are thriving on a low hill; apparently they prefer the drier ground here. A large pine just to the right of this picture is the likely seed source.



  25. Eastern white pine

    Snapshot Title: Eastern white pine
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Mixed hardwood - pine forest
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Pine understory



  26. Oak canopy

    Snapshot Title: Oak canopy
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Mixed hardwood - pine forest
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Oak is the dominant species in this forest stand



  27. Witch Hazel understory

    Snapshot Title: Witch Hazel understory
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Mixed hardwood - pine forest
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Witch Hazel grows to a height of about 20 feet. it tolerates wet soils, and a wide range of soil types. It is unusual in that flowers appear in fall and early winter, after foliage has turned or drop...



  28. Long Mountain, Holyoke Range

    Snapshot Title: Long Mountain, Holyoke Range
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Rattlesnake Knob looking south over Granby, MA
    Image Owner: Matthew Mattingly



    Description:

    Compare this view to 2008 photos (scroll to bottom of page): www.nativetreesociety.org/photography/fall_foliage_2008.htm Will open in a new tab or window



  29. Juniper tree

    Snapshot Title: Juniper tree
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Rattlesnake Knob looking south over Granby, MA
    Image Owner: Matthew Mattingly



    Description:

    The conifer in the foreground is a juniper. It was loaded with berries on the date the photo was taken.



  30. Dead Conifers

    Snapshot Title: Dead Conifers
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Hog Island from Crane Beach Dunes
    Image Owner: Robert Sheldon



    Description:

    Any idea what species these represent? And what the cause of death might be?



  31. Dead tree

    Snapshot Title: Dead tree
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Lily Pond
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Standing dead snags, common in beaver ponds because of the drowning effect, are good habitat for wildlife.



  32. Beaver Dam

    Snapshot Title: Beaver Dam
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Lily Pond
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    This is a portion of the beaver dam (approximately 40 feet overall length) that forms the outlet of this pond. A smaller dam just a few feet to the right of this picture creates a lower terrace for th...



  33. White Water Lily bud

    Snapshot Title: White Water Lily bud
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Lily Pond
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    About to flower



  34. White Water Lily

    Snapshot Title: White Water Lily
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Lily Pond
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Nymphaea odorata. Notice flower buds about to open. Photo taken July 4, 2009. It has been observed that beaver ponds with healthy populations of water lilies provide a more sustainable food source f...



  35. Northern Pitcher plant

    Snapshot Title: Northern Pitcher plant
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Lily Pond
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Sarracenia purpurea. These carnivorous plants live in bogs and along borders of ponds. Their bulbous tubes are lined with hairy fibers that guide insects to enzyme-laden water in the bottoms of t...



  36. Another beaver lodge

    Snapshot Title: Another beaver lodge
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Lily Pond
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    When observed in January 2009, this lodge was apparently unused by beavers; the mud covering with which beavers winterize their lodges was absent. Nor was there a winter cache of twigs and branches, ...



  37. Beaver Lodge

    Snapshot Title: Beaver Lodge
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Lily Pond
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    One of several on this pond. Beavers appear to use a lodge for one or more years, then abandon it for a while, to recolonize it again years later. Available food sources are likely a cause for the in...



  38. Blue Heron Nest

    Snapshot Title: Blue Heron Nest
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Lily Pond
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Blue Heron nest. Uncertain whether this is an active or abandoned nest.



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