All the trees are in full leaf now, pure bright green and jungle lush from all the rain this year. It is hard to remember the stark bare branches of winter. The Hemlock trees show off their new growth as bright light green needle clusters at the ends of each twig. This glowing new green contrasts with the dark green of previous years just below it. So when you stand next to a hemlock and really look at it, you can see exactly how much it has grown this year as clearly as the hash marks on a door frame in a house with growing children. The hemlocks want all to see their growing glory, a bright inch or so a year, full of promise, to become the dark evergreen giants of the woods.