Monday, October 12, 2015

The Pinchot Sycamore


Simsbury's Pinchot Sycamore is Connecticut's biggest tree, 200 to 300 years old, almost 28 feet in circumference and 104 feet tall.  It is named for Gifford Pinchot, a Simsbury resident who was the 
first head of the United States Forestry Service and founder of the Yale School of Forestry.  
Pinchot is considered the father of conservation in the United States.

19 comments:

Kate said...

That tree reminds me of trees in Charleston, esp their special Angel Tree.

Lowell said...

That is something! Nice to have the man in the picture to give things the proper sense of scale.

Karl Demetz said...

Gorgeous !

Tanya Breese said...

now that's an amazing tree! i love it!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I think Mr Pinchot would be thrilled with this ancient living memorial Jack.

Lynette said...

Thanks for this great photo and the info, Jack. I am amazed by the age and size of trees, especially when left alone by humans and insects and weather to just do their thing--grow and get holder.

Sharon Anck said...

I love the way it looks like a man with his arms outstretched.

Aimeecakes said...

Ha! I had the exact same thought as Sharon - that tree looks like it's after a hug!

Birdman said...

It's a beauty, captured well.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, what an amazing tree!! And such a terrific capture -- as always!! Yep, I, too, love the outstretched arms!! I hope your new week is off to a great start!! Enjoy!!

cieldequimper said...

Hmmmmm. Long may it live.

Been browsing your French photos, very cool. Conflans I know pretty well, not too far from V. either...

VP said...

A tree with a name: that something new... and well deserved!

RedPat said...

I'm sure Mr Pinchot would be thrilled to have this beauty named after him.

I love a nice dry red but there is nothing like a cold pint in a pub, Jack!

jennyfreckles said...

Not many trees get so exalted as to have names. This is a gorgeous specimen. There is a huge old oak tree in the area where I grew up - called the Major Oak. It is estimated to be between 800 and 1000 years old but its limbs now have to be held up by props, so big and heavy are they.

Lois said...

That thing is huge, especially compared to the guy standing under it.

Kay said...

Wow! What a fine tribute! That's an amazing tree.

EG CameraGirl said...

It's amazing that this tree has survived so long!

William Kendall said...

It looks massive. I was familiar with his name through the story of the national parks.

José Mendonça said...

What an unusual tree. Spectacular shape!