Wild Wednesday … Hunting Season 2017 Revisited

This hunting season has been postponed for us. The Carr Fire has resulted in the area we hunt being closed due to the fire danger. So we wait. I prepared this post months ago and this seems like a good time to post it. There are a couple pictures of some of the game we harvested, but mostly it’s images from our season.

When we hunt big game we immerse ourselves into the experience, always. We don’t just experience nature we participate in it. We hunt to for food. Each meal we prepare we reminisce over our experience and appreciate where that food came from. We observe things that time of year we don’t always see the same way during the rest of the year. As a result we take a lot of pictures. This gallery is a small sample of the sights and sounds we enjoy each season.

Our bow hunting season started mid August and rifle season ended in late October. It was grueling and difficult hunting in rugged country. The weather was hot much of the time and we had to contend with constant smoke from the wildfires during bow season. We cover a lot of ground on foot and spent hours in ground blinds. One of the benefits is we never know what might show up near our blinds. The cameras are always handy.


Forestry Friday … The Guardian

Every now and then, I come across a special tree. One that was left unharvested because it so inspired people. The landowners left this tree when they logged the property. The ones that owned it next also left it, and so it goes. This tree is 7′ 3″ in diameter at breast height (DBH). The largest Ponderosa pine on record today is 9′ 2″. The Guardian isn’t the biggest, but it’s a big BIG tree.

Ponderosa Pine, Forest Giant

The sign reads, “The Guardian     Borne ?     Age ?     May You Live Forever”

That’s a nice sentiment, but it won’t happen. Trees, like people, have a limited lifespan and Ponderosa pines if left to grow their natural lives rarely survive to 500 years. However, one Ponderosa was measured at 933 years. Like the sign says, “Age ?” for The Guardian.

Forestry, Ponderosa pine, forest giant

What brainiacs decided it was a good idea to graffiti this tree with chainsaws? Ponderosa pine has flaky bark that sheds off. If they would leave it alone for a couple of decades, most of the carving would disappear.

It’s always a Kodak moment when I come across one of these forest giants. Some that I’ve seen included an 8′ plus sugar pine near McCloud, the 8′ “Mother Viola” sugar pine near Viola (now deceased from a huge wind storm), a 7′ western white pine near LaPorte and a 10′ Douglas-fir near Quincy, all in California.

Ponderosa Pine

I parked close to the tree as a size reference. Many of the young trees below are it’s offspring.

If your are interested in the biggest trees in the United States, you can check out the Big Tree Registry.

Golden Retriever

Meet Skidder, no he’s not my dog. He belongs to the logging crew I was visiting. Yes, I gave him back, after a ride in my truck.


Help! I Need a Caption

ponderosa pine, old tire, humor, caption

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 … Ponderosa Pine


This gallery contains 16 photos.

The subject of this week’s Forestry Friday is Ponderosa pine.  It is a tree that I deal with in my job everyday.  I been involved in the harvesting and planting of millions of these trees.  Ponderosa pine is one of … Continue reading