Wilderness Red Fir
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|Now mountain folk have no idea of what a Abies procera or a Abies magnifica is.....but during the summer months, much time is spent in getting a stock of wood for the following winter. If I asked a woodcutter, that first year, to get me 5 cord of Abies procera , he would have just stood there thinking I was a city kid who wasn't going to last long. Now if I asked him for two cord of "some red fir", he would have brought me what a city boy thought was two cord of red fir and charged me for two, but it was only one and a half. Perhaps that is one reason I lasted in the heavily wooded wilderness much longer than the rest. I knew the difference in most things...|
I had a hard time cutting wood to heat, but after all, you must consider that we lived miles into nowhere, with no electricity, running water, phone or any of the elements most folk are living with. Our only source of heat was wood and it also served us for heating water for showers (don't ask-another contraption) and for a way to build strength and endurance in cutting and bucking. So I asked a close friend who was a core member of the original Earth First! group to come up to my place and tell me what would be ethical to cut...and he taught us which ones to look for and why.
Red fir is a fair source of heat, giving off about 16-19,000 BTU. It's smaller pieces are used as well for kindling and for fires out of doors in winters when such a thing was possible. It comes now where close to the Tamarac or larch as easterners call it, for heat in harsh winters, yet red fir is indeed noble.
I had children as young as 6 who could walk through the woods with me and tell me the type of tree by its bark. Whether it was red or white fir, pine, Tamarac or other. As well they could tell me all of the berries, of which there were about a dozen variety. Nothing on our place was poison and we made herbal teas and concoctions of many of the things which grew there.
So even today, so many years later, my son who is a Master Physical Therapist in Seattle can tell me all about red fir or the others as if it were yesterday...oh how I wish it were yesterday...
I speak of a cabin much in my notes. Perhaps you have had the wrong idea of just how small it was...so
see it Here.
Now you REALLY know.......
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Of course, your notes are fascinating and the link is great. We were talking about sustainability this morning in the office. (I work in the conservation field.)
Beautiful red color - - - I can smell the wood through the photo. :) In my mind it smells a little like a cedar but with a hint more earth.
Beautiful capture of texture and detail.
- [2007-06-13 9:38]
nice bark texture and color. good focus
- [2007-06-13 12:33]
Good detailed capture of an unusual bark, at least for here...I can appreciate your ability to chop wood after trying it this last year...There were some old, I still believe to be petrified, pieces of wood in the pile...Being isolated like that gives you time to do many things we don't thing we have time for in "civilized" areas...Necessity is a great motivator :-) Nice attempt at taking something ordinary and making it into an interesting photo...You succeeded...TFS...
I’m late today… when I see your post Stop the rash and
recline my self on the chair and take the time to understand
how simple life can be,( I fallow the link to full fill me of
I admire the person that is proud of his past, and it can transmit with a simple picture a millions of words. Kindly regards/Lawhill
FROM the East coast
- [2007-06-13 15:24]
an interesting shot.
Sharp and well composed with a lot of detail.
jolie photo de ces écorces d'arbre,
j'aimes la texture et on se croirait en vrai
(et non seulement en photo)