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Prescribed burn 2023-12-21

Update 2023-12-29: Afterburn 2023-12-22.

We got the band back together!

[Pyromaniacs, prescribed burn, pine tree wedge, Blondie the Fire Dog, burned turpentine guide]
Pyromaniacs, prescribed burn, pine tree wedge, Blondie the Fire Dog, burned turpentine guide

Thanks to Abigail Barzallo for sending two helpers for this prescribed burn.

Here’s a video.
https://youtu.be/aEDwt6zVVgY

Those who do not live in a fire forest like ours, and who do not understand prescibed burns, please read this, Prescribed Fire, Longleaf Alliance:

Frequent, low intensity, and often large scale, surface fires were the dominant factor in shaping the longleaf pine ecosystems across the historical range. This frequent fire regime, over generations, selected for longleaf pine’s fire-resistant attributes.

Prescribed fire may be the best management tool that we have for attaining range-wide restoration and management of longleaf pine ecosystems. Increased frequency of fire leads to more diversity and abundance of grasses and forbs; seasonality of burn also plays a role but is secondary to frequency.

This wedge that I cut out of a deadfall pine tree that morning to get it out of a firebreak was fascinating to the helpers.

Max counted 92 rings. I counted 80. How many do you count? Continue reading

Hurricane Idalia and aftermath 2023-09-02

A few scenes from during and after Hurricane Idalia.

We had many deadfalls, but no property or personal damage. So we were much luckier than many others.

[Deadfalls, power lines, cooking, rainfall]
Deadfalls, power lines, cooking, rainfall

This still just looks like heavy rain, but the video shows the wind was blowing. Idalia’s eye went a few miles east of us, but those were probably still 60 mph winds from the north. Continue reading

Pond, Dogs, Snake 2023-07-04

What kind of snake is this?

[Snake on the lily pad]
Snake on the lily pad

Probably not a moccasin, because it doesn’t have any stripes, and I’ve never seen one leave its tail sticking out like that. Usually a cottonmouth will face you and hiss.

The dogs found another snake earlier that probably was a moccasin, so we made them come along.

[Blondie joins Arrow exploring]
Blondie joins Arrow exploring

We also saw an anhinga on the surface. Usually we see them perched in a tree or flying. It did eventually fly off and perch.

[Anhinga on the pond]
Anhinga on the pond

Before

[Blondie in the bushes]
Blondie in the bushes

ItB

[Blondie and Gretchen]
Blondie and Gretchen

OWN

[Old wasp nest]
Old wasp nest

HT

[Heron tree]
Heron tree

GB

[Grinning Blondie in the boat]
Grinning Blondie in the boat

HB

[Gretchen, Honeybun]
Gretchen, Honeybun

ABH

[Arrow, Blondie, Honeybun, Gretchen]
Arrow, Blondie, Honeybun, Gretchen

Aswim

[Arrow won't admit she can swim]
Arrow won’t admit she can swim

AH

[Arrow, Honeybun, Gretchen]
Arrow, Honeybun, Gretchen

HA

[Honeybun, Arrow]
Honeybun, Arrow

HBA

[Honeybun, Arrow, Blondie]
Honeybun, Arrow, Blondie

RoalC

[Relic of a lost civilization]
Relic of a lost civilization

AgE

[Arrow goes exploring]
Arrow goes exploring

-jsq

Dig out the dog: Arrow stuck under a storage shed 2023-07-15

We came home after a day on the river and had to dig out the dog.

[Honeybun, Blondie, and Arrow stuck under a storage shed]
Honeybun, Blondie, and Arrow stuck under a storage shed

You can hardly see the little pooch, but you can sure hear her complaining about being stuck under a storage shed.

I got a shovel and dug the opening out more.

She’s fine.

No dogs were harmed in the making of this video.

How she got under there is still a mystery.

-jsq

Dogs like water 2023-06-18

Turns out dogs like water.

[Arrow, Honeybun, Blondie, at water spigot 2023-06-18]
Arrow, Honeybun, Blondie, at water spigot 2023-06-18

Especially Arrow.

Here is a YouTube video playlist:
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLk2OxkA4UvwDyXxn-2JbD8yV5vrShmCK

Facebook video version:
https://www.facebook.com/OkraParadiseFarms/posts/pfbid0LsEEoXSKQfFEztWjQcorn3g7d1nUPhGgiHmYBifQZhXmRMdQ52SNX5jzkEhVXHg5l

And some still pictures. Continue reading