Quercus muehlenbergii | New Mexico
Near to where the leaves and acorns shown on the previous page were found, this huge, ancient Chinkapin Oak can be found. Sadly, long-term drought is evident in the thin canopy of leaves. The tree is simply demonstrating what is well known - the southwestern United States is becoming drier than it has ever been in recorded history, or through proxy-reconstructed paleoclimatalogical history. These rare old trees might not be with us much longer. This tree is relatively close to Roswell, New Mexico, and there is a story in circulation that the famous Roswell UFO crashed very close to this tree. New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment, and, indeed, strange stories and sights seem commonplace there.