nature boys part two

Start here
stanky
Posts: 434
Joined: Fri Dec 30, 2022 9:33 am

nature boys part two

Post by stanky »

Sorry to say that my nature stories are mostly depressing. Like, I can tell you about various plants and animals I don't see anymore. One of the species on the way out, is our white ash trees. The emerald ash borer is wiping them out, all over the U.S. and into Canada.
On my land, there are hundreds of standing dead ash trees, slowly becoming worthless. With 2 neighbors added, there's well over 1000 acres of hardwood forest here, containing 1000's of dead ash. This is one of the most valuable woods we have here; used for all manner of woodworking.
It's also a nearly perfect firewood.

Alas, we got too old to do much about it other than lament the loss. If I could, I'd gather it and cut it into firewood...enough for 100 years, if we had a barn to store it in. Each dead tree, as firewood, is worth $100 or more. As lumber, much more. So, we watch it slowly become worthless instead.
This place needs new blood, for sure. The greater stankerosa is wholly owned and operated by old people. Just 4 of them own more than 2,000 acres, with miles of navigable river frontage. The place has everything a young homesteader could hope for. It oozes quality building materials, including stone. I've quit lifting them.

Recent tornadoes have left 1000's of red cedar trees laying on the ground. Unlike the ash, that wood will keep for a long time, even on the ground.
In the past, I've hauled it to a mill after a bad blow. Now, I'm too old. We all are. Pity. It's taken this long to know what to do with these materials.
The new generation apparently knows nothing of value regarding rural life. Very few are interested in it. Looks like we'll take the crafts with us when we die.
User avatar
Di Wundrin
Posts: 187
Joined: Thu Dec 22, 2022 10:42 pm

Re: nature boys part two

Post by Di Wundrin »

Want a WTF moment? .. it shouldn't take much longer than that.

https://twitter.com/buitengebieden/stat ... 3Fpage%3D3
User avatar
Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 775
Joined: Thu Dec 22, 2022 2:42 am

Re: nature boys part two

Post by Admin »

Whoa, that is bizarre.

Di, you'll be pleased to know I've made peace with magpies, and as a result they've taken over our end of the street.

Bloody interesting birds. They stop the cats from stalking my blackbirds, so they win.
sparks
Posts: 248
Joined: Mon Dec 26, 2022 4:01 am

Re: nature boys part two

Post by sparks »

I blame that damned nukular radjashun!
User avatar
Di Wundrin
Posts: 187
Joined: Thu Dec 22, 2022 10:42 pm

Re: nature boys part two

Post by Di Wundrin »

Admin wrote: Mon Jan 30, 2023 2:35 am Whoa, that is bizarre.

Di, you'll be pleased to know I've made peace with magpies, and as a result they've taken over our end of the street.

Bloody interesting birds. They stop the cats from stalking my blackbirds, so they win.
D'aaawww TA, told ya they've got more going for them than it appears. Smart az. (if they're the same as ours?.. or maybe they all are)

While we're on the subject of bizarre, how many times would this happen?

https://www.reddit.com/r/Unexpected/com ... x&context=
User avatar
Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 775
Joined: Thu Dec 22, 2022 2:42 am

Re: nature boys part two

Post by Admin »

Di Wundrin wrote: Tue Jan 31, 2023 5:22 amD'aaawww TA, told ya they've got more going for them than it appears. Smart az. (if they're the same as ours?.. or maybe they all are)
Yep, definitely only one species of them. Quite amazing to see them take the area over. The thing that pleases me most is that they completely ignore other birds. Mynahs stay the fuck out of their way, which is even better.
Di Wundrin wrote: Tue Jan 31, 2023 5:22 amWhile we're on the subject of bizarre, how many times would this happen?

https://www.reddit.com/r/Unexpected/com ... x&context=
Odd, but almost certainly explicable.

He's using a shotgun, and I bet he didn't have a permit to shoot deer - it's a rabbit weapon outside duck season and it's way too bright to be duck season. The distance would mean an injury rather than a kill, too.
User avatar
Di Wundrin
Posts: 187
Joined: Thu Dec 22, 2022 10:42 pm

Re: nature boys part two

Post by Di Wundrin »

Ummm I meant the deer! Kind of odd that something so hard to stalk and shoot just comes running up for a 'pat'??


But as to the inexplicable .. Please say this isn't so. Murricans will devastated!

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/techands ... skbarhover
User avatar
Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 775
Joined: Thu Dec 22, 2022 2:42 am

Re: nature boys part two

Post by Admin »

Di Wundrin wrote: Tue Jan 31, 2023 9:16 pm Ummm I meant the deer! Kind of odd that something so hard to stalk and shoot just comes running up for a 'pat'??
I'd say wherever that was is a place people feed them. Wild deer are off as soon as they see or smell you.
Di Wundrin wrote: Tue Jan 31, 2023 9:16 pm But as to the inexplicable .. Please say this isn't so. Murricans will devastated!

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/techands ... skbarhover
Bear's been watching way too many old Yogi Bear cartoons.
User avatar
grayman
Posts: 471
Joined: Thu Dec 22, 2022 2:33 pm

Re: nature boys part two

Post by grayman »

Heard about this while listening to a news program on my way to work a few nights ago.

Humming giraffes:

https://www.iflscience.com/what-sound-d ... make-66623
User avatar
Di Wundrin
Posts: 187
Joined: Thu Dec 22, 2022 10:42 pm

Re: nature boys part two

Post by Di Wundrin »

Post Reply