Wednesday, February 28, 2007
I had been stressed out by my teen age kids last night. Their problems and my lack of handling the situation well. Then after I was relaxed I was watching branches and I realized how I need to wait on the Lord. I waited until the peace of God came to my soul, as trees wait for the warmth and rain from spring to start their growth for the new year. Trees wait until the right weather comes. They will wait a week, maybe a month, maybe a season, and if the conditions aren't right maybe a year.
Then as I was relaxed I notice that birds were chirping. One would call then another would call. They were Cardinals. One was close that I could see and the other was further away. I saw a Downy wood pecker working some tree limbs. Then I noticed that some Shagbark hickory buds were loose. I was not able to get a photo because the
limbs were up high and my camera would not focus on the small bud.
Then I decided to move looking for another Shagbark hickory tree to photograph. I did not see anymore of those type of trees. As I walked the forest changed from a hickory forest to a honey locust forest and I saw this unusual Osage orange tree which I took a photo of . It was neat how the branches were coming off the hill side. Then I hiked up through the woods to get out of the woods and I saw a big cottonwood tree that had become a wolf tree. I will use that tree as a marker to show me where to cut into the
woods to find the Osage orange tree again.
"Cease from anger, forsake wrath; fret not yourself, it leads only to evildoing. For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land." Psalm 37:8,9
Sunday, February 25, 2007
I picked out a tree that was distinctive and walked to it counting my paces. I walked about 270 to 280 feet.
The first photo is shooting back the way I hiked in.
There is a 1-2” dia. snag laying up against a cottonwood. Taking a photo of this (above) was not informative because of the quantity of trees. I will try to find the same tree in the summer. Here is the photo of the tree I selected to find again in the summer. I set the camera on 10 second delay and laid it at the foot of the tree.
14 paces is a westerly direction and a little bit south is the photo of a poison ivy vine growing up a cottonwood tree.
As I was looking for a good photo I noticed the breeze would cause the trees to rock back and forth. There is little rubbing between tree branches.
The lack of shrubbery is noticeable in these woods. This land was parkland and then abandoned. Later the land had been reopened. Cottonwood trees grew up in the parkland without competition in the grass.
I want to get a measurement technique to judge the # of trees per acre. The low cost one would be a 11.8' rope swung in a circle would measure 1/100th of an acre.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Our backyard went through a melting yesterday and today. Snow has been covering the ground for a long time. We have some snow on the ground since Jan 12th. Today marks the 40th day. The 2 photos show the process of snow melt. Snow is fun but it is encouraging to see it melt away.
Salt is used to melt snow. But this only works down to about 15 degrees F. If it gets colder than that salt won't work. Calcium Chloride melts ice and snow down to -20 degrees F. This is because when the calcium chloride is dissolved into water it emits 3 ions. Salt sodium chloride emits 2 ions when it is dissolved. The amount of ions in the water lower its freezing point.
The sun will melt snow as the snow absorbs energy from the sun it melts. Dirty snow being darker will absorb more energy than clean snow. So dirty snow melts faster.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Without the sun there is much less contrast in the woods. Gray sky, no shadows, less color.
With the sun all is enlivened. At some angles there is too much light. I enjoy snow, even with the added work and extra cost. Everything seems fresh, new, clean and quiet.
Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest, Is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Here is a picture of a tree with 5 vines climbing up it and there is a lot of other vines growing up the tree that have jumped across from some brush . I want to find this tree again in the spring or summer. So I am taking some readings from my compass of other trees that will point to this tree.
This is the tree in the center of the photo. To the left of the stem you can make out the vines grabbing the branch of the tree up in the air.
To locate this tree again I am making notes in my journal of how I got here. The more complete notes I can make, the better chance I have of finding the tree again.
There is an Am. sycamore to the east at a azimuth of 92 degrees. It is interesting, there is a Shingle oak on this 92 degree line. So if I line up those 2 trees, they will point the way to the tree with the vines.
There is another sycamore tree at a 52 degree azimuth that has a good den hole for wildlife that I took a picture of.
I enjoy planning to retrace my steps to find these trees again.
I have learned the hard way, that complete notes is not an option. Looking at notes in years past I could not make heads or tails out of what I wrote.
A lot of the problem is I don't have the patience or time to sit down and write the notes in the field. Now I am taking a recorder and making notes as I walk.
A further post on these trees is forthcoming.
It is the same with my walk with the Lord. I sometimes take notes during my devotions to remind myself of important things I have learned.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
Lingering snow presents a problem for walking. The longer snow hangs around here, the more it turns to ice.
Snow starts out as crystals in the upper atmosphere and gathers more from water vapor. When the snow hits the ground it quickly loses its shape and becomes granular. In northern Missouri we live in the ice zone. Temps get above freezing during the day, at times. This melts the snow and refreezes it at night. This process turns the soft power of snow to ice.
I enjoy snow when its fresh, but this ice is no fun. When I went walking in the woods today I had to get off the trail because it was covered in ice. Off trial was easy walking. The snow had melted or was not uniform because of the leaves and brush.
Life throws many things my way that causes me to be tired or discouraged. But a fresh infilling from God by reading the Bible or prayer will lift my spirits.
Thank you Jesus for your love and acceptance. Thank you for woods to walk in to clear my mind form problems and your Spirit to bring peace to my soul.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
The trail drops down a little. I had trouble walking down in the snow, so I went into the woods and held saplings as I went down.
Here I am walking along the trail which is more or less level as shown below.
Below is evidence of squirrles.
Basswood clump. I normally find them this way. My thinking is they are sprouts from a stump.
Not far from the basswood is this knarly oak.
Next to the spring is a creek flowing downhill.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Sunday, February 04, 2007
I was hiking along a Missouri river bluff and came across this American Sycamore. The white upper branches caught my eye.
When I came closer I took a photo of the heart rot that many trees of this species have.
On the back of the tree there was a knot. This knot may have been formed by the tree to cover a wound. Or more likely it is from a disease. Seeing how the bowl of the tree seems to jog at this point the knot may be caused by a branch breaking off.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
Missouri river is showing the effects of a cold snap. As I walked down to the river to take this photo some geese flew by. I was fortunate to get this shot.
"From the breath of God ice is made,
And the expanse of the waters is frozen."