Update 2022-01-12: Starlink Router inside 2022-01-10.
Turns out Starlink doesn’t work too well during thunderstorms. Other than that, so far so good.
Also looks good against longleaf pine. Continue reading
Fortunately, when the bee tree snapped off, it broke above the bee hive. So our pollinating native bees are still humming in and out of there. Their exit used to be on the other side of the tree, but they’re using this new entrance now.
I guess they will relocate, but at least they did not get suddenly evicted.
The bee tree was far from the largest of the fourteen big trees down we’ve counted so far. Two more were less than a hundred feet away towards the cypress swamp. Continue reading
Surprisingly clear shortly after dark, with only a phone: three planets and a moon.
The famous alignment of Jupiter and Saturn, off the starboard bow of Earth’s moon.
And, towards the east and way up, the red planet, framed in longleaf pine trees.
When you live in a fire forest, you must burn every few years. We caught up on about 23 acres of burning of piney woods, seepage slope, and swamp. All this was inside concentric rings of firebreaks, with no danger of it escaping off our property.
Don’t worry, for the wildlife there are plenty of brambles and woods and swamp unburned this year. More next year. And quail, gopher tortoises, and other wildlife don’t like the woods too thick anyway.
For why we burn, see Continue reading
Nope, no longleaf in there.
Except these ones. Continue reading
After the prescribed burn, it’s a lot easier to see, and there are more gopher tortoise burrows than we thought.
Here’s another Gopherus polyphemus near the road. It’s good there are so many. Gophers are a keystone species, hosting Continue reading