My very good friends Jan and Chris requested otters for this weeks Wild Wednesday. So that’s what they get, otters! Plus as a bonus, Golden Retrievers, since they have a pack of goldens of their own.
Sailor is looking for the otters. He loves them, but not in a good way.
“Not you again!”
Time to swim the other way.
Now you see me, now you don’t!
Not sure where he went Sailor checks the big pipe, “not in there.”
There wasn’t just one.
But three, all swimming in formation.
It was more than Sailor could stand. right after this shot, he launched off the dock and was in hot pursuit. Not that he could ever catch an otter, but try telling him that. It took all my tricks to get him to come back to shore. That’s why there weren’t any pictures of that episode!
The otters weren’t the least bit concerned.
In fact, they were very curious.
Bliss was mildly curious, but not enough to swim after them.
But not as curious as the otters.
Checking her out.
Bliss was more interested in a scummy old piece of bark.
Mary and I are collaborating on a new forestry picture book. We are deeply into the thick of the process. Our original forestry book, Forests, Trees and Wood, came out in 1993. It’s now out of print and this new book will take it’s place, (Red Tail Publishing 2016).
I’ve seen some strange things in the woods. Not long ago it was the Pink Panther up a pine tree. Before that it was Jellystone park, home of Yogi Bear. Now it’s Sponge Bob! I can’t for the life of me, figure out how anyone thought SpongeBob SquarePants was a good idea for a cartoon character. I also can’t figure out how they were right! That’s why I’m just a dirt forester.
SpongeBob says, “say hello to my little friend!”
What’s next, Bullwinkle, Foghorn Leghorn or Barney the Purple Dinosaur? Lord, I hope it’s not Barney. Oh no, now that song is playing in my head!
Bliss, “That looks evil!” Tasha, “I’ll get the big one. You get the little one!”
I had to visit one of our loggers the other day. My route took me through the little hamlet of French Gulch. It was settled during the Gold Rush, but you rarely see any rush around this sleepy little town these days.
Driving through the tiny town of French Gulch there was a doe walking right down the main street. I wasn’t fast enough to get a picture there, but you can see her exiting stage right.
This little forked horn was browsing on the other side of town. I drove past him, then backed up to take his picture. Ten feet away and he could care less.
We saw about a half dozen other deer while driving through town but Bliss wasn’t impressed. In fact, we saw more deer than people.
Only in French Gulch would you park your fire truck in the drive and your cows in the garage.
A bit of much need rain.
Bliss says this is more like it!
We were out visiting a logging contractor. The delimber processes trees into logs.
Bliss enjoys a drop antler on the way home.
We also enjoyed some rain. They say El Nino is coming and we’re hoping so.
This story appeared in the LA Times, http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-dying-forests-20151020-story.html. Biologist Greg Asner uses spectrometer and laser technology to assess the health of California’s forest from the air. He creates 3D imagery that displays the level of stress within the trees. Our forests are under tremendous stress from having too many trees per acre and not enough resources to go around. The drought is the straw to break the camel’s back. It really demonstrates the need for active forest management to help keep our forests healthy.
The view from my work. These are a few pictures from the fall woods last week. I was in Trinity County, the part that didn’t burn. Being out here every week is one of perks of a forester’s life. Somebody has to do it, so it might as well be me! All in a day’s work.