September 15th, 2012. We drove over Patterson Gap Road from Betty’s Creek Road to Persimmon Road. Patterson Gap lies on the Tennessee Valley Divide in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The road is graveled and water erosion has produced some rough sections.
Half way up the road to the summit at Patterson Gap, we found this tree…
A sapsucker, or perhaps many sapsuckers, have enjoyed sap from this tree and probably over may seasons.
A closer view. Note some oyster mushrooms also growing on the trunk.
We’ve had sapsuckers work trees at our place but not to this extent.
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