There are only a few places in Maine where this vegetation grows. It is tundra and the signs on Bigelow say that some of these small trees are 150 years old, but exposed as they are to extreme cold, they take a long time to grow.
When we got up there, I was surprised to see ice on the bushes. Perhaps from a fog or some rain from the night before. We were quite warm from hiking but the air was crisp and the wind, biting.