November is a good time of year to see New Hampshire's forested landscape in a different light. October frosts have caused most low-growing herbaceous plant species of the undergrowth to die back for the year, and heavy rains and winds have knocked many of the deciduous leaves off branches in the tree canopy. As a result, much more light reaches the forest floor, previously hidden views open up, and one is able to gain a broader understanding of a given site's landscape context.
Photo: Silhouetted Rhododendron maximum (giant rhododendron)
At the NH Natural Heritage Bureau, ecologists have finished up this season's field work and have returned to the office full time to focus on data analysis, data management, and project report preparation.