I hope you can see the brown areas in my photo. I was on the way to town one day this weekend when I came over the hill and saw this in front of me.
The brown areas are gypsy moth damage. The moths prefer oak trees, and in this area most of the trees are oaks.
Roundtop is on the south side of the valley from this mountain and so far is unaffected by the moths. And it's because I am currently unaffected that this scene, just 5 miles or so to the north, was so surprising. I hope Roundtop remains unaffected, but I know how these moths work, traveling several miles each season, leaving devastated areas behind them. Roundtop is likely safe for the rest of this year, but next year is a big unknown. This may be the picture of what is to come in my neck of the woods.