Friday, March 13, 2015

- It's springtime in Texas, so of course the leaves are falling

Here in the Texas Hill Country we get "fall" in the spring.  The live oaks are currently in the process of shedding the leaves they held on to all winter. It's a great system: the new leaves push the old leaves off and grow in their place. So these trees will bare their branches over the next couple of weeks and then be covered in completely new foliage shortly thereafter ...


Consequently, leaves are everywhere, blown off by the March wind and rain that roared through earlier this week ...



Likewise, much of the ash from the deadwood and brush that we burned last weekend has blown and/or washed away, leaving the burn pit empty, awaiting the next installment ...


Fortunately, before the rain fell I was able to shovel some of the ash onto the inner wall of the burn pit ...


where it now serves as a kind of mortar for another layer of stone ...


And this is the windfall lichen that was spared from the flame, a patch about 6' wide and 12' feet long ...


bound for the lichen farm along the west trail ...


Last, but not least, here's a shot of Don using my wheelbarrow alternative, a 2' x 3' cement mixing tub with rope attached so it can be pulled over rocky ground and wood chip trails alike ...


and an odd bit of wood found along the way ...


Who knows what Don will find to do with it ...

4 comments:

Mo Crow said...

The Live Oaks on Magazine St in New Orleans were so cooling on the drippingly hot morning when we went for a walk after an amazing night of music and dark magic!

Liz Ackert said...

Ah, there's nothing better than a night of good music. We enjoyed the return of the Mystiqueros at Gruene Hall last night.

Never been to NOLA, but it's probably only a matter of time ...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

More i swoon at photographs of the LandDoing...eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee the BEAUTIFUL burn pit,
your work with the walls, the lichen farming...oh, just EEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeee I LOVE this
oh, am crazy with love of it and Don, with the mixing tub...
My beloved wood guy, Evan, hauls pinion to Texas to sell. When i called him needing another cord, he was Out. But DID have OAK he brought back with him. $400 a cord. Oak. Is looking for restaurants that will want it for cooking, would be something they could put on their meunu. But me, well, no, even though it would be a fine Hard Wood to burn. But i LOVED you telling about your Oaks. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Liz Ackert said...

I doubt he brought back live oak ... probably post oak (which is what the local bbq joints use) ... wish I could tele-transport some of our wood to you