Help! I Need a Caption

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What can we say about this?

What a funny sight in the middle of the woods, but I couldn’t come up with a good caption.  I need your help people.  Throw some clever captions my way and we will see which one sticks.

This is a Ponderosa pine with a tire about eighteen feet up.  I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t throw it up that high.  I don’t know how it got there.  However, I have my suspicions.  If I were a betting man, I would say it involved a mischievous logger, with too much time on his hands, and a loader.  If it wasn’t that, then there must be an airplane flying around with missing landing gear.

Forestry Friday … The Fall Gold Rush

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Fall has hit its peak in the high country.  We were in the mountains for the weekend.  The leaves have turned and were dropping enthusiastically, but Sunday was the day.  Sunday was the day that Mother Nature performed her striptease … Continue reading

Forestry Friday … Red

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Black oak leaves showing off.

Forestry Friday is a new weekly feature on The Forester Artist.  Features will be whatever I want them to be, but related to forestry and forests. As you may have guessed this week’s theme is “Red”.black oak, forest, naturedogwood, Pacific dogwood, nature, fall colors

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Pacific dogwood

Pacific dogwood

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Poison oak. You can look, but don’t touch!

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Red Bud

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Blitz, the red dog!

 

Pure Americana Lumberjacks’ Picnic

This weekend we had the good fortune to attend the 66th Annual Lumberjack Fiesta.    It was pure Americana like a Norman Rockwell painting.  The Fiesta takes place at Hoo Hoo Park in McCloud, California.  I posted a few iphone photos when we were at the event.  Those pictures didn’t really tell the whole story.  Let me show you around.

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Great form at the axe throw.

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Hoo Hoo Park in McCloud.

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The Lil Lumberjack competition. This boy lets one fly!

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Nice throw young man!

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Mt Shasta provides the perfect backdrop.  The softball tournament went all weekend.

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There was even a horseshoe tournament.

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We were signing books for Red Tail Publishing.

This was the Red Tail Publishing gang on Saturday.  Mary Livingston, The Backdoor ArtistTim Livingston (me) and Ivy Smith, were there signing books.  Phil all around good guy helps us out a bunch!

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Mary visits with a guest who admires a cuddly turkey vulture toy.

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Venders were there with food, art, clothes and all kinds of interesting stuff.

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What picnic would be complete without a watermelon eating contest! The big boys had to sit on their hands.

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The aftermath!
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Blitz and Teka came too. There were lots of dogs in attendance.

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Blitz gets a “little” love.

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The ladies axe throw. The timber sports events were for anyone who wanted to participate.

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Spectators enjoy the men’s double buck competition.

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What better souvenir then a chainsaw carved bear!

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The men’s double buck competition. These guys are cutting like “a house afire!”

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TIME!

A special thank you to Linda Martin Andersen for having me as her guest blogger last week on A Writer’s Playground.  Go check out her awesome site!

Lumberjack Fiesta!

We are at the 66th Annual Lumberjack Fiesta in McCloud, CA today.

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There’s an axe throw bullseye, right in the beer can.  No, that isn’t me.

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Mary arranging the booth. We are representing Red Tail Publishing today.  It’s a beautiful day in McCloud!

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That’s me and Buddy The Wayward Wolverine.

A Memory In The Mist – Revisited

When I first posted A Memory In The Mist I thought it would be an unusual sight for most folks.  With so many people unfamiliar with teepee burners and their use, and add to that a picture of one decaying into the earth, it would be something different.  I decided I would show you a few more images of full standing burners that are still around.  They represent something from the past that was left behind by the forward march of technology.

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This pen and ink represents an old-time sawmill with a teepee burner.

In the old days, before sawdust was used for particle board and bark was used for landscaping, it was burned.  Much of it was burned to power the boilers at the mill, but excess wood waste was just burned.  Today’s mill residues that cannot be used in other products are burned in co-generation plants to generate electricity.  Nothing goes to waste anymore.

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The Carlotta, California  teepee burner was an extra-large one.

A big one like the Carlotta burner could handle a lot of mill residue.  With the mill gone the old burner stands like a grave marker of the old mill site.

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It is a tall skinny teepee burner in Nubieber, California.

A tall burner like the one Nubieber was built with a tall chimney.  This reduced the risk of sparks starting a fire outside the burner.

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This teepee burner is located between Anderson and Redding, California.

The Anderson burner was a very typical design around here.  As a child I lived about a half mile from this one.

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A teepee burner in use from 1932.

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The teepee burner from A Memory In The Mist.

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Where once was smoke now there is foliage.

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Nature is resilient and relentless and will be here long after we are gone.

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Here comes the sun.

CAUTION!

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CAUTION Proceed At Own Risk Road Not Maintained During Winter

I don’t think Winter is the problem around here.  Maybe we should delete “Road Not Maintained During Winter”, and replace it with something else.  Any suggestions?  I would love to hear them.

On a side note, it rained here today!  No new fires, yay!  (Wait, is that a Haiku?)

The Logger’s Dog

I’ve known Bob for a long time.  Bob is a Logging Supervisor or Woods Boss.  His operations are a going concern.   Bob is all business and his guys make logs in a hurry.   When I go out and talk to his crew about log quality Bob gets nervous because I’m slowing down his operation.  He isn’t the kind of man that one would think of as going around showing off a piece of art, but that is what he has done for nearly twenty years.

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Bob’s landing, whackin’ and stackin’ .

Twenty years ago Bob decided he needed a dog.  When he got his new dog he told me, “All of you foresters have dogs in the back of your trucks, so I decided to get one for my truck.”  If you have ever seen the back of a logging boss’s truck you would know that his dog would need chemical resistant feet and armor plating. Their trucks are full of hydraulic fluid, oil, truck parts, tractor parts, chokers, cable, tools, and all manner of oily, heavy metal things bouncing around loose in the bed.  So Bob’s dog was special….unique even

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Meet Would, Bob’s dog.

Bob’s dog is named “Would”, not Wood even though he is wood.   If you ask him why “Would”, he will say, “He would bark if he could and he would s–t if he could, therefore he is Would.”  Bob recently got a new work truck and when he didn’t put Would in the truck he caught so much hell that he had to load him up again. Would has been Bob’s constant woods companion for the last twenty years.  He never whines, growls or barks.  He doesn’t need food or water and doesn’t mind all the stuff in the back of Bob’s truck. I think Would has mellowed over the years, even developed a fine patina.  He may be the perfect logger’s dog.

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The forester’s dog and the logger’s dog.

I had Blitz join Would for a group shot.  The two of the got on famously.  Blitz is, after all, the consummate stick dog.  Fortunately, she didn’t chew on his ear.  I tried to get Bob in the picture, but tough old loggers don’t always like having their pictures taken.

Osprey Complaint Department

The Osprey Complaint Department.

All complaints and criticisms will get doo consideration.  Oh, and bring a fish.

If you don’t like the osprey posts, please take it up with our complaint department coordinator.