Pine Weevils

Look at the two large white pines, one directly in front of the flag and a second one off to the right.  Since these two trees are much larger than the trees around them, we can assume they were left along the stone wall to provide a little shade.  The pine weevil is an insect that attacks the leader (the topmost new addition) on a white pine.  When the leader dies, the other branches in that year’s whorl all try to become the leader.  Look at the two trees, about 30 feet up from the ground.  They were both weeviled at about 30-40 years old and now have multiple trunks, corresponding the branches that competed to take over from the weeviled leader.  Look higher and you will see that these two trees were weeviled a few more times as well.

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