July through September, 2010

We started July with a new and improved view. A 225 year old tree damaged by lightning many years ago obscured our view of the Mast Ranch conservation easement to the southwest. Compare the obscured and new views here. We tried to interest several people in cutting the tree for lumber or firewood. It was too crooked for lumber and too big for all but the largest chain saws. We finally hired a logger (lower center of picture) to cut it down and divide it into manageable sections. Loggers are busy harvesting trees killed by the Pine Bark Beetle so there is little market for firewood. We found a neighbor to take the wood away for free.