Forestry Friday … Bridge To The Past

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Log Stringer Bridge

Here’s a sight we don’t see much in California anymore, the log stringer bridge.  It used to be the standard bridge for small creek crossings on logging jobs. Most of the old log bridges have been removed and replaced with large arch pipes or metal bridges.  This one was put in for a temporary crossing. When the logging is complete the logs will be removed and sent to the mill.  The stream channel will be returned to it’s original condition and the approaches will be grass seeded and mulched to prevent erosion.  This was an inexpensive solution to access an area that didn’t need a permanent bridge.

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Bliss is helping with the log quality inspection. She offered to take care of the tiny logs and left me the big ones.

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A perfect Fall day in the woods.

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This Summer I’ve been extremely busy and I haven’t had much time to devote to the blog.  The near future looks pretty busy too.  I might have to put Bliss in charge of it.

Splash Dog Bliss

Dock jumping fun times for our dogs!

Sneaking Bliss

Fun times at dock jumping class with the crew from Shasta Splash Dogs. Phanny and Tasha build confidence as Bliss and Sailor take to flying off the dock with style.

phanny-sm Fluffy puppy Phanny builds confidence in her jumps before taking on the full run. She took 1st place in side jumping.

tasha-sm Tasha takes her leap from the side. Happy girl brought home 3rd for side jumping.

bliss-sm Bliss’ 1st jump of the night.

bliss-2-sm Bliss and Tim on her 2nd jump. She set the jump to beat.

sailor-sm Sailor’s jump ties him with Bliss.

sailor2-sm Sailor’s tie-breaking jump gains another foot in distance for the longest of the beginners. Sailor brought home 1st and Bliss 2nd for the end jumps.

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Wild Wednesday … Sierra Color!

Bliss and Tasha enjoyed a day at work. 

Wild Wednesday … iFlowers

Last week naughty Sailor dog busted out of the yard and set out on a field trip. Mary and I had to split up to search for him. She took the car and went up our road to check our neighbors. I went on foot through the foothills behind our house. After covering about a mile or so over hill and dale, she texted me. He was about a half mile down the road playing with the neighbor kids. I was relieved and annoyed all at the same time and began hiking home.

It was just before sunset and the light was fading, but warm. The foothills are full of spring wildflowers. This was an excellent opportunity to shoot some wildflowers on my trek back. Excellent, except that I didn’t have my camera! All I had was my iPhone, and so phone pictures it was. They aren’t as good as the Nikon could have done, but I work with what I have. These are my iFlowers!