What Happened Here?


On a recent hike to a trail system in Addison, Maine, I came across something that puzzled me.


Several charred trees.


The char pattern was odd.  Only parts of the tree from the top down were burnt.


Charred Tree 01



Charred Tree 02


Now, I don’t claim to be an expert in…well, anything really, but my first thought when seeing this charring on several trees along the trail was that it was probably the result of lightning strikes.  I couldn’t imagine someone hiking along the trail, setting fire to random trees.  And I couldn’t imagine someone doing such a thing and not having the entire tree (or the entire forest) go up in flames.


What do you think happened here?




Until next time…






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