The Tree

In late April this year, while I was on the AT in Georgia, there was a storm in Loudonville that split a one hundred and twenty year old tree that is in the front of my house.

That trunk to the right of this picture was once about fifteen feet higher up on the trunk to the left.

Here are a couple of other photos of the same tree taken after the storm by our local photographer, “Flash Byerly”

  

This has created a situation that requires that the rest of the tree be removed.

However- – – – -, if I have only the upper branches removed, along with the upper section of the trunk, (I believe that the upper section might be hollow) I think that there might be a sculpture inside the remaining 10 or 12 feet of the trunk.

So – – – – -,

All I will need is a chainsaw, my “Swiss Army Knife”, and a bit of sandpaper.

This might be a long Summer,

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I’ll Be Showing My Sculptures at the Mill

Hi Folks,

Just a heads-up!!! I’ll be displaying some of my Sculptures inside the Wolf Creek Grist Mill on June 10th 2017.

See You At The Mill,

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Look What I Found!!!

I was wandering around the North Rim in the Mohican Forest the other day and came across this site on the cliffs overlooking the river

Beyond the edge of the rocks in the lower left corner of the picture, the cliff drops off at least another 100 feet down to the river. The rock outcropping on the right of the picture rises upwards another 30 feet or so to the top of the hill. There is only one way onto this “ledge” and that is from the point of view of this picture. (Assuming you aren’t into climbing the cliff.)

I have been looking for a place to check out the stars and this could be it. The lights of Loudonville will be behind the outcropping, and the lights of Columbus will be eighty miles away and to the left.           So- – – – , , ,

if I camp here during a “new moon”, don’t have a campfire, sit with my back against the tree to the right, and look to the south-west, I should see a lot of stars.

The only issue will be I’ll need to wait until the leaves are off the trees. So now picture this same area with no leaves on the trees, a cold wind blowing in from the south-west, and a night in November.

I probably will need to dress a little warmer,

 

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Moose in the Woods

The other day I was sitting at McDonald’s in Loudonville, having coffee with the “Liars Club”, when I saw this Moose amoung the trees, right at the edge of the woods.

Do You See It!!!!!

How about now?

It’s not what you look at that counts

It’s what you see—Thoreau

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Sometimes I Lack Direction – – – the rest of the time I’m lost.

Earlier this week I got a glimpse of this bird as it flew past me at breakneck speed and took some type of varmint (probably a Chipmunk) on the forest floor. I was walking in one of the stands of White Pines that are prevalent in the Mohican Forest, when all of this happened in a flash. The bird stopped long enough to look me in the eye, then flew off with whatever it had caught.

Northern Goshawk

Accipiter gentilis ORDER: ACCIPITRIFORMES FAMILY: ACCIPITRIDAE

Just a quick note–I take 90% 0f my photos with a cell phone so although if the subject is sitting still and I can get reasonably close, in most cases birds don’t cooperate. The Goshawk above was very uncooperative. I got the pix off the internet.

The Northern Goshawk is the bigger, fiercer, wilder relative of the Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks that prowl suburbs and backyards. It’s an accipiter—a type of hawk with short, broad wings and a long rudder-like tail that give it superb aerial agility. These secretive birds are mostly gray with bold white “eyebrow” stripes over piercing orange to red eyes. Northern Goshawks flash through forests chasing bird and mammal prey, pouncing silently or crashing feet first through brush to grab quarry in crushingly strong talons.

So when I left the “Liar’s Club” at McDonald’s on Wednesday instead of just taking my normal morning walk, when I got to the Mohican Campground I decided to venture up to the “North Rim Trail” to see If I could catch another look at the Goshawk.

I didn’t, but having gone this far, I was close to the trail that runs along the river between Campground A and B, so I decided to hike it.

The River was serene, and the Summer Phlox are blooming in profusion.

I checked out the Covered Bridge,

and then headed toward the dam. Along the way to the dam, I ran across a section of the “Mountain Bike Trail” that I had not been on before. I decided to explore that for awhile and as I entered I noticed a mile marker telling me that I was on “Mile #12”. This is where this fellow appeared.

The deer was as interested in me as I was in it so we had a talk and I was able to take three or four pictures before it tired of the game. (Although it was only fifty yards away, the quality of this picture was the best I could get from my cell phone.)

I walked, mostly uphill, until I got to “Mile #8”. I came across the road where I had called Ted Byerly for a ride the other day, and discovered that I had already walked over 15 miles, so I decided I had better be headed back home.

I got off the trail at the “Ranger’s Station” walked back down the road to the “Covered Bridge”, through “Campground B”, back along the river, and came home on the “Loudonville Bike Path”.

By the time I got home I had walked 22.75 miles.

Not too bad for not having a plan when I started out,

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Mohican Forest – Early May

Hi Folks,

It’s Spring in the Mohican Forest and I’ve been recording it this week.

First a comparison of the walk that I enter into the forest most mornings:

You could probably have figured out which season was represented in which picture, but I didn’t want to take any chances.

On the north side of Campground A are swaths of color created by these Camassia Lilies:

And this yellow beauty (I’m not familiar with this one, but maybe one of you could shed some light.)

The following pictures were taken on the North Rim Trail Bike Trail which runs from Camp Ground A to the Covered Bridge and then back along the south side of the river.

        

I’m looking at this area as a potential star gazing campsite during one of the “New Moons” this summer. It’s facing the south-west, so the ambient light level at night should be low. We’ll see.

I was walking in this area on Tuesday when I ran across these “Little Guys” hiding in this tree. The story I get from the “Locals” is that there was some sort of event a few years ago where a number of “Caches” were hidden all over the area, and the object for the participants was to find them. This one is so far back in the forest it must have been a real challenge.

The rest of the story is that this is also where the knee that I injured on the AT suddenly went out, and I had to call my friend, Ted Byerly to drive out and rescue me after I limped to a nearby road. However, I took some Ibuprofen and rested the knee overnight and I was out walking the next day.

Getting Old Ain’t For Sissies, (George Burns)

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Magee Marsh

Hi Folks,

On Sunday, May 6th Judy and I decided to check out Magee Marsh that is in the vicinity of Marblehead Lighthouse in northern Ohio.

It is the peak season during the “Warbler Migration” and this is the prime time to check them out at the marsh.

There were a couple of other Folks who thought the same thing.

When we first arrived we walked the trails for a couple of hours and saw the following “critters”.

    

   

They are left to right and top to bottom, a Black and White Warbler, a Prothonary Warbler, a Redstart, and a Catbird.

Judy also made friends with this guy:

I believe that it was just a common water snake, but Judy  immediately asked the question “Why does the water snake cross the path???”

Shortly after seeing the snake we moved on to the board-walk, and saw the following varmints

   

These were a Yellow Warbler and —you guessed it — Ninja’s

Just before you enter the board-walk, at the edge of the parking lot, these two Bald Eagles have built a nest. We couldn’t see inside the nest, but there was a lot of activity from the pair, fishing the shallows of Lake Erie which is just at the edge of the parking lot.

If you get the opportunity, Magee Marsh is a great way to spend a day,

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