This past Saturday about 20 people joined CPOP on our regular Old Forest hike. A beautiful day, the temperatures were in the low 80s, and the bright sunlight bouncing off the canopy made a nice contrast with the rich shade we often walked through.
CPOP's board historian, Jimmy Ogle, began with a short talk on the history of Overton Park before Naomi led the group into the Forest.
- This tree trunk separated in 2 near its base,
- A magnolia in the center of the Forest (no photo). Naomi confirmed later that the magnolia is not a native species for Memphis; their native habitat is south of Memphis. However, it's not invasive so its presence isn't harmful.
- The beautiful mesh ceiling of grapevines above the trail near the East Parkway entrance (see photo at top). Naomi pointed out that the Forest's native grapevines hitch rides on growing trees to the top of the canopy where they get the sunshine they need.