Starts and Burns

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Starts are starting everywhere! I love this time of year; even though I know (scientifically) how seeds work, it’s hard to shake the feeling that they’re almost magical…

Start, start, start...

Start, start, start…

Our first tomato!

Our first tomato!

Mini Forest

Mini Forest

Maple and myself are also working on hauling about 80 trees out of an old burned area in the Boreal forest. We’re after standing dead Black Spruce (preferably with burls…I love burls.) The boreal forest is a biological wonder and burns itself to renew itself. (There was a wonderful art show a year or so ago called “The Art of Fire” about how fire (usually thought to be a destroying force) acts as a regenerating force within Boreal forests.) A big area got burned roughly 10 miles from the Garagehome in 2010 and since the burn happened on Public Lands locals are able to go back there and harvest as needed. Maple and I are focused on procuring Spruce poles. When Spruce is burned the wood hardens, so these will be wonderful, tall fence poles that will last for a very long time.

The more I work, hunt, fish and trap outside in the woods I am constantly surprised, reminded and humbled by the symbiotic relationships that support and sustain the outdoors. As I strip branches off of dead trees I just think about how, every time something dies, something else lives and thrives. It’s humbling and beautiful.

On the way out to the burn we saw Ravens (about 50 total) filling the late evening sky, coasting on warm currents of air.

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Path to the burn...

Path to the burn…

The burn.

The burn.

Tree down.

Tree down.

Beautiful burl.

Beautiful burl.

The first time we harvested dead trees we went up with just a bow saw. Despite Maple dropping a tree on my head we successfully harvested 10 trees. The next day we brought our chainsaw and got 11 more. ‘Date Night’ currently consists of lots of soot and hauling trees. I couldn’t ask for more.

The Woodsman.

The Woodsman.

This tree is about to fall on me.

This tree is about to fall on me.

Sooty tree cutters.

Sooty tree cutters.

Psycho Soot Tree Cutters.

Psycho Soot Tree Cutters.

The drive home.

The drive home.

Cheers and Love,

Maple and Me

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