Another nature posting from my husband, Mike -
In my travels to gather material for our business, I learn quite a bit about the trees I use. It's easy to just cut the tree down and bring it home to make the product and then sell it, but for me it also interesting to learn something from the tree.
This photo illustrates the fact that you cannot judge the age of a tree by its size.
These pieces were cut from two different ash trees. At first glance you would think that the larger sample is twice as old as the smaller. However, after taking a closer look (we all remember counting rings on large stumps), I found that the smaller piece is twice as old as the larger.
As best I could count, the larger piece (2" diameter) was 15 years old and the smaller piece (1 1/2 " diameter) was 30 years old! These small trees were found in the woods where there is a dense canopy, thus these trees did not receive much sunlight because of the taller trees above them. The two tree grew contently and happily yet very slowly.