My northwest corner is the center of a section. I had always thought that must be important, but everyone I’ve mentioned that to dismissed it as a mere technicality. It’s established fence lines, not imaginary lines that make...
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There is planting, and then there is re-planting. For our pines this year, it was a job of re-planting. I’d say our pines have been the most successful of our planting adventures at Roundrock over the years. Many of the plants we&#...
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What you see in this photo is Danger Island, truly an island now that the lake is full (at the time of the photo at least). And the fenced area you see on the island is where we have (once again) planted a dozen or so shortleaf pine tree...
score: 1 3 days ago
I realize it’s gruesome in a way, but I also think this spine that Buck Mulligan no longer needs is beautiful in a symmetrical, work of nature kind of way. When we hike on the south side of our lake, Queequeg always runs directly t...
score: 1 7 days ago
I’ve mentioned before that I am slowly building a rock wall behind my wooden cabin in an attempt to create a break should a ground fire ever sweep through my forest. It’s not much of a wall, and its construction is limited to...
score: 1 8 days ago
I realize this is not best photo, but it was the best I could do under the perilous conditions. What you see is a small island in the pond at Roundrock. (Note that we have a tiny pond near the pine plantation that is not the same as the ...
score: 1 9 days ago
The morning came cold but clear. I was determined to wear only shorts and a shirt on this run, as you can see in my customary kit photo above, but the temperature was 45 degrees when I rose. Still, I decided to tough it out and head to t...
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My first fire of 2013. I think about sitting around a fire at Roundrock a lot. Most of our trips there are only for the day, and I’m always reluctant to start a fire only to drive away from the coals a few hours later. Yes, I have ...
score: 1 14 days ago
Sometimes (even if it’s by accident) we time our visits just right. I was standing at the cabin, gazing into the forest, and spotted something blooming. It wasn’t until the next day that my feet carried me over to that part o...
score: 1 15 days ago
I hold my found artifact in my hand (from yesterday’s post, of course) and try to imagine the years it has been around, the hands that formed it, the hands that used it, how it was lost or left behind. Is it a thousand years old? O...
score: 1 16 days ago