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Basspro69
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02/09/2011 08:46PM  
My favorite is a Birch Tree, reminds me of the bwca no matter where im at, and when their leaves turn golden in the fall, they are gorgeous.
 
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02/09/2011 08:52PM  
the wind twisted cedars on the shoreline. they have character...survivors.
 
schweady
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02/09/2011 09:21PM  
especially the ones inexplicably growing out of the smallest cracks in the granite.
 
deepwood
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02/09/2011 09:21PM  
The tamaracks in the fall.
 
02/09/2011 09:27PM  
quote schweady: "especially the ones inexplicably growing out of the smallest cracks in the granite.
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their fingers getting purchase on what ever they can find.
 
02/09/2011 09:39PM  
Ancient, super-canopy white pines.
 
02/09/2011 09:46PM  
Now I found this to be a tough question;
1. Cedars
2. White Pines
3. Birches
Would be my top three.
Boppa
 
02/09/2011 09:47PM  
Since none of them grow wild where I live, I love all of them. I wonder if a Northern person would come here and think the same about many varieties of Oak, Hickory, Birch, Maple, cypress, etc.?
 
mr.barley
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02/09/2011 10:03PM  
Big white pines do it for me.
 
02/09/2011 10:07PM  
i also love those little trees surviving on mid lake, totally exposed rock islands. no cover yet they still manage to live in the worst of environments.
 
mc2mens
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02/09/2011 10:15PM  
 
Savage Voyageur
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02/09/2011 10:19PM  
My favorite is the Cedar tree. Slow growing, old trees that can grow out of the smallest crack in a rock. I like to burn the wood for fires, lots of snap,crackle,pop.
 
02/09/2011 10:48PM  
quote arctic: "Ancient, super-canopy white pines."

Yup. Big, REALLY BIG white pines.
 
02/09/2011 11:02PM  
White cedar, birch, tamarack, not necessarily in that order.
 
02/09/2011 11:09PM  
I have incense cedar in the yard and something some people call tamarack (not related to your tamarack but it obviously reminded someone of the eastern tree) grows at higher elevations.
The incense cedar is not closely related to white cedar and the proper common name for the "tamarack" out here is lodge pole.
Your northern white cedar, also known as Arborvitae, will grow as an ornamental in quite hot climates such as California's Central Valley. We had it in our yard 30 years ago when we lived down in the valley. It sure looks different, and better, growing at the edges of Boundary Waters lakes.
 
wetcanoedog
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02/10/2011 12:38AM  
i'll take a Red pine grove anyday,thick duff and no underbrush.
 
02/10/2011 01:10AM  
I love the great big white pines

tony
 
02/10/2011 05:48AM  
As you stand on the beach on the north end of Nina Moose count over 7 trees from the west bank of the river; that one is my favorite.
 
02/10/2011 06:22AM  
 
Mort
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02/10/2011 06:26AM  
All Pines, but White are my favorite.
 
02/10/2011 07:02AM  
That's not easy. For sheer beauty I like the big white pine. Red pines and white cedar tied for second.

For tenacity and perseverance I like the jack pine, but they sure aren't very pretty.



 
bogwalker
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02/10/2011 07:13AM  
Golden Fall Tamaracks on the Kelso River

Ancient Cedars of Singing Brook Portage

The Tall Pines on the Dahlgren Portage from Stuart Lake

Large stand of Birch on the hills and near the shoreline next to the Tuscarora to Missing Link Portage
 
missmolly
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02/10/2011 07:26AM  
White pines. I love those guys.
 
02/10/2011 07:33AM  
Another vote for the big white pines - wish there were more of them.
 
solotrek
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02/10/2011 08:14AM  

I like white pines for their strength and beauty. But my favorite tree of all is something I call toothpick pines. To me they represent true wilderness. Maybe someone knows their real name. The further north one goes, the more prevalent they are.
 
talusman
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02/10/2011 08:25AM  
The bonzai jackpine holding on to life.
 
2K10
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02/10/2011 08:27AM  
quote kanoes: "i also love those little trees surviving on mid lake, totally exposed rock islands. no cover yet they still manage to live in the worst of environments."


I agree! When I saw the title of this thread it made me think of a little pine growing out of rock on an island site we stayed on. Thought it was so cute and was amazed that it could survive - I even watered it because I felt bad for the little guy. I'm convinced Ma Nature cooperated with us weather-wise the rest of the trip because of that :-) Looking forward to seeing it grow in years to come!
 
ozarkpaddler
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02/10/2011 08:30AM  
Love the big Red Pines. TW
 
02/10/2011 08:30AM  
I too like those big white pines. The smell, the sound of the wind in their branches, and you know a red squirrel is not far away.
 
02/10/2011 08:32AM  
I am undecided on the my favorite tree...but I like the bear paw print and pine cone around the trees.
SunCatcher

 
canoller
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02/10/2011 08:51AM  
cedars for their burnability,if you can find a dead one,and large white pines for their beauty
 
inspector13
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02/10/2011 09:16AM  

My first response was going to be White Pine; I’m even trying to restore that forest type on lands in Pine and Lake Counties; but since Serviceberry provides tasty fruit, I’ll say that is my favorite.

 
02/10/2011 09:18AM  
quote schweady: "especially the ones inexplicably growing out of the smallest cracks in the granite.
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Pickerel lake pine
 
02/10/2011 09:22AM  
quote deepwood: "The tamaracks in the fall."


I am with Deepwood, love the Tamarack's!
 
02/10/2011 09:25AM  
The girls and I make a tripping group of four so this '4' tree is our favorite.
 
02/10/2011 09:28AM  
quote Unas10: "As you stand on the beach on the north end of Nina Moose count over 7 trees from the west bank of the river; that one is my favorite."

That's exactly what I thought this thread was about! haha

Gotta be birch for me in winter, spring, summer. I could look at the bark patterns and photograph them all day long. Maple come fall for the colors (and sap in spring).
 
02/10/2011 09:29AM  
quote kanoes: "i also love those little trees surviving on mid lake, totally exposed rock islands. no cover yet they still manage to live in the worst of environments."

Agreed, shake my head in wonder over those. Got a good pic of one on a rock (can't even call it an island) on S Hegman I think. Can't find it at the moment.
 
02/10/2011 10:37AM  
The big Eastern Whites are my favorite but a large stand of Norway's (Reds) are a very close second.

 
02/10/2011 11:16AM  
White Pine- for the grandeur, and beauty
Balsam fir- for the smell...especially after rain
 
TuscaroraBorealis
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02/10/2011 11:36AM  
;-)

more trees

TB
 
shoreviewswede
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02/10/2011 11:51AM  
The tamaracks in the fall... followed by cedars.
 
02/10/2011 12:31PM  
Tree huggers! hahaha.

I don't have a favorite, though I agree with Kanoes --the smaller (or large) twisty ones that are all by themselves on a rock are pretty cool. Doesn't matter what type of tree it is.
 
02/10/2011 12:47PM  

The Jackpine that didn't land on me. Kelso, May 2010.

butthead
 
removedmember1
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02/10/2011 01:07PM  
Black spruce. Just because it hasn't been mentioned yet.
 
02/10/2011 02:44PM  
Birch trees have always been my favorite. I also love the dead bark which burns great.
 
thebotanyguy
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02/10/2011 02:48PM  
Generally, I like all trees and appreciate them for the shade and oxygen they supply. But every once in a while, you run into a tree that is really hard to get along with and just behaves like a real jerk:





 
02/10/2011 03:12PM  
Big White Pines, too bad there are few left.
 
02/10/2011 04:00PM  
Big 300-500 year old plus trees especially between Hanson and Knife portage. WORTH A LITTLE EXTRA EFFORT if in that area.
 
02/10/2011 04:05PM  
quote thebotanyguy: "Generally, I like all trees and appreciate them for the shade and oxygen they supply. But every once in a while, you run into a tree that is really hard to get along with and just behaves like a real jerk:






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LOL! is that a real tree, or did somebody photoshop that one? If it's real, where is it?
 
PineKnot
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02/10/2011 06:04PM  
LMAO 100 fricking times!!!
 
02/10/2011 06:11PM  


The cedars caught my attention.
 
lean
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02/10/2011 07:04PM  
white pine,, really all,, that are not chopped on by idiots!
 
PineKnot
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02/10/2011 07:08PM  
quote rlhedlund: "


The cedars caught my attention."


YOU LIE!!!
 
pswith5
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02/10/2011 08:43PM  
My favorite tree would be the one with a long branch just made for hanging my pack from.
 
Basspro69
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02/10/2011 09:43PM  
quote thebotanyguy: "Generally, I like all trees and appreciate them for the shade and oxygen they supply. But every once in a while, you run into a tree that is really hard to get along with and just behaves like a real jerk:






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Thats hilarious
 
Basspro69
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02/10/2011 09:45PM  

Quote Bogwalker
"Large stand of Birch on the hills and near the shoreline next to the Tuscarora to Missing Link Portage" I love that area in Fall its spectacular .
 
02/10/2011 09:47PM  
Big White Pines!
 
Rich11
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02/10/2011 10:05PM  
all the pine trees
 
02/11/2011 06:06AM  
Definitely not my favorite, but the apple trees in The Wizard of Oz always scared the bejeebers out of me.
 
02/11/2011 07:45AM  


This tree caught my eye when we were staying on Cross Bay Lake a few years ago. (2002). I loved it enough that I have an enlargement of it hanging on the wall upstairs. But when we revisited the site this past summer nothing looked the same, and when I tried to photograph it again, the magic was completely gone.

I love the tall pines. Red pines, white pines, some jackpines. And, as others have said, the ones that are trying so hard to hold on in a crack in the rock seem special somehow.
 
02/11/2011 01:52PM  
They may not be much good for anything else, but I really like the balsa firs and spruces because of their smell. I love that smell. Takes me back to my youth in north MO, my dad's small grocery store, the Christmas trees that he used to sell.
 
02/11/2011 04:20PM  
quote butthead: "
The Jackpine that didn't land on me. Kelso, May 2010.


butthead"


There's almost a story here, isn't there Butthead?
 
Woodtick
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02/11/2011 06:18PM  
Balsam Fir. It may not be as majestic as the big white pines; but to me, it represents the north woods.
 
02/11/2011 06:22PM  
Balsam Fir for me. Shapely and aromatic. And to Botanyguy...that photo is a hoot!
 
02/11/2011 08:50PM  
What amazes me how a red pine or other big tree can grow to a nice size almost horizontally out of a little crack in the rocks.
 
Great Melinko
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02/12/2011 10:17AM  
White Pine and Cedar
 
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