A lovely warm afternoon tree-hug today. I believe this new tree-friend is a chestnut oak.
Chestnut oaks are identified by their 'massively-ridged dark gray-brown bark' and that they grow on ridges, like this one. Its bark is the thickest of any eastern North American oak!
Its leaves starting their color change journey.
Creating a beautiful background to the tree-snake-limbs twisting and turning gracefully high above the ground.
A young birch looking over with awe at its formidable tree-neighbor. Tree message: Stand in your strength, even on the edge. Trust your direction and flow. You are an inspiration.