Thursday, April 03, 2014

White Ash Winter Bud

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Bud pushing through the seed coat of White Ash.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Red-bellied Woodpecker

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I had been cutting wood in my back yard and stopped to rest after the gas ran out of the saw. After about 5 minutes the birds starting coming back into the area. I saw Blue Jays, Robins, many House sparrows, a few Blacked Capped Chickadees. Then I noticed this Red-bellied Woodpecker. I trained my camera to the spot and zoomed to 300 mm. This wood pecker was content to stay there for a while and I got many photos. This seems to be the best one.

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Here the wood pecker has just taken off by jumping off the limb. He has not opened his wings yet.

F-stop f/5.6
1/1600 sec

Saturday, March 15, 2014


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Here is a shot of lichens growing on a branch.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Firewood 2

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I decided to split the wood and move it. But as I got the wedge started into a chunk of wood the wedge just bounced out of the wood after I slammed the sledge down on the wedge.

Splitting was out of the question for now. So plan B is to cut the wood into chunks and roll them up to where I want to stack them. Then in the summer I plan to split what I can.

The problem with splitting wood in the summer is it gets hot.
The heat makes the work that much harder. Be that as it may that is what I will do.

After I moved all I wanted to pick up and roll to the pile. I got my saw and started cutting. What a difference I was making in the environment of sound. Instead of wind and a few birds chirping in the pre-spring afternoon there now was a roar. The bar was cutting through the wood and chips were flying. After a while when I cut a section I would roll it to the stack and go back and cut another one. When the saw ran out of gas I looked at the clock and decided that was enough for the day. I had moved a significant amount of firewood to where I wanted it stacked. Tomorrow will be another day and I will continue my work.

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Here is the photo in mid January and the article I wrote then.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Pine Sap

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Sap seeping out of recent pruning from pine tree.