I arrived home, weary and ready for bed but as I crested the hill and saw the moon illuminating The Tree, I had to take a few minutes to photograph her. I set up the tripod and did a test shot. Adjust the exposure and did one more. It was good but wanted just one more. It was chilly out and coughed against the cool autumn air. Then I hear a yelp. I hit shutter. Then a full out howl and more yelping on the other side of the garden. I pick the tripod up and hustle back towards the house. A chorus of howling pups and adults sing begin their eerie tune as I listen from my deck.
The largest green ash tree (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) in New York State was recorded in August 2014 in Point Au Roche State Park, Clinton County. The tree's nomination measurements were: circumference of 146.1 inches; a height of 67.0 feet; and a crown width of 55.3 feet. It is listed on the NYS Big Tree Register page: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/5248.html