There is a bit of mystery shrouding the three big oak trees in the Honda wetlands at Glacier Ridge Metro Park near Plain City, OH.
For appetizers, these oaks are the only mature trees near the observation deck and parking lot. If these three survived, why aren't there additional mature trees? The answer remains unknown.
The size of the trees also puzzles me. We're told the larger trees are around 250 years old. Why aren't the older trees larger? Answer: These trees are the expected size for oak trees that predate Ohio statehood in 1803.
A deeper mystery is the species of these trees. I've seen them identified as White Swamp Oak or Burr Oak. The trees also could be a cross between the two, a hybrid called Schuettes Oak. I still don't have a definitive answer to this mystery.
The final mystery is why I'm only picturing two of the three trees. I wanted to capture the age, size and stature of these oak trees. This meant to had to crop out a parking lot, multi-use path, housing development, road and observation deck. I couldn't find an angle to accomplish this with all three trees in the view finder. Hence, I reduced the photo to two oaks.