Spring has sprung, with yellow jessamine in full bloom,
and the pines producing plenty of pollen.
Yellow jessamine, loblolly, longleaf
It was 35 degrees this morning, but freezes seem to be over. Continue reading
Picture by John S. Quarterman for Okra Paradise Farms, Lowndes County, Georgia, 19 October 2012.
The tree behind the dogs on their right is a longleaf four years old;
the rest are loblolly five years old.
This is a road, at least a hundred years old, after a prescribed burn:
John S. Quarterman, Gretchen Quarterman,
Brown Dog, Yellow Dog,
Lowndes County, Georgia, 4 March 2012.
Pictures by John S. Quarterman
Those are mostly slash pines (Pinus elliottii), with one or two longleaf and some oaks.
Why to burn more frequently:
vines grow up trees and form ladder fuels
Prescribed burn of some piney woods at Okra Paradise Farms,
Lowndes County, Georgia.
Pictures and videos by John S. Quarterman and Gretchen Quarterman, 31 January 2012.
Fortunately these vines were mostly in
invasive exotics anyway
(chinaberry, mimosa, Japanese privet) that had grown up along the field edge.
After a few minutes,
here’s the result.
Most of the rest of the woods burned much more evenly, with flames only a foot or two
above the ground.