Update 2024-01-09: Steel Roof on Wood Trusses 2024-01-09.
Previously we saw the roof trusses multiply from one to two.
They doubled again to four, and then leapt on top of the plates.
What next for these engineered products?
Update 2023-12-29: Afterburn 2023-12-22.
We got the band back together!
Thanks to Abigail Barzallo for sending two helpers for this prescribed burn.
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
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.
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
What kind of snake is this?
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.
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.
We came home after a day on the river and had to dig out the dog.
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.
No dogs were harmed in the making of this video.
How she got under there is still a mystery.
Turns out dogs like water.
Here is a YouTube video playlist:
And some still pictures. Continue reading
Gretchen picked a red carrot.
Co-starring Honeybun and Arrow.