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    I was looking at some maps over the web of my local area (google maps) and decided to switch to satellite view. I made an interesting discovery.

    The photo of my area was taken in May of last year. As I looked over the area that I tap, I noticed that all the sugar maples were a bright green. Typical for early spring.

    What was cool was that I could see all the areas that I had scoped out a few years back from my neighbors 40 acres behind the house. I could pick out the sugar maples (for the most part) from the satellite photo due to the brighter green color of the leaves!

    I have done this in the fall by being able to pick out the yellow/orange when driving by a valley or hillside. Cool that I could do it in the spring, with a satellite photo that was timed just right. I took some screen shots to use as a future reference.

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    Thats cool, I have never looked at them with satellite pictures, They also show up in the winter as the lighter gray colored tree tops up here, down there probably the white oak would be the same so it wouldn't be as accurate.
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    One way to tell the difference between the white oaks and the maples around here in winter is that plastic pipe running to all the maples. Sorry, I couldn't help myself. All kidding aside, that's pretty cool. I'll have to check out our area too.
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    Two years ago I took a walk in the early spring and the only green in the woods at the time were the sugar maples. They were actually almost yellow and very bright. If I am not mistaken I beleive it was the seeds because it really didnt look like leaves. Absolutley nothing else in the woods had leaves. This wasnt the case last spring I could not find any sugar maples in my area this way last year.
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    hey sweetwood,

    remembered this post and pulled up the google earth satellite photo and what do you know, sugar maples are standing out yelllow green just like you said.

    Thanks for the heads up.

    Dean

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    This point was going around before I joined. Great idea.

    I checked out my woods and the shot is full summer from the looks of it. I did notice that where I have pockets of maples there are spots of bright green. Is this what you're talking about? If so I may have found some more pockets to tap.
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    Think you are on it Josh.

    Clusters of sugars are much lighter in my photo, and you are only a little ways away, so it is likely photos were taken at the same time.

    Dean

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    Just checked mine and I can see 2 pipe tents on my property that were taken down 5 years ago in the picture. Looks to be mid summer when everything was dark green.
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    i cant see much of my bush, i know where it is just because i know the woods well but you can tell where it is. its too leafy
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