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Burn Baby Burn

After not doing much of anything but walk around our country lot since October 31st, it was about time we got back to work. Our biggest issue: the very large pile of brush that had built up from last summer’s workdays. If we cut anything more, we would have nowhere to put it. So the brush had to burn.

Growing Pile

After our long run for the week, I ate a quick lunch while Jason met up with his brother to head out to the lot. Just to be on the safe side, Jason asked to use his grandpa’s water tank that could be trailered by tractor (something his grandpa could also supply) out to our property. I drove out to watch help them, only to find that I was essentially too late.

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Apparently, the majority of the pile went up in flames quickly. Jason and his brother, Jeremy, patrolled the perimeter to be sure things didn’t get out of control. Considering that the clearing was all tall grass and it has been particularly dry lately, this was pretty important.

Now, I say that the majority of the pile burned quickly for a reason. One small portion of brush simply refused to burn.

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

The boys brought out the big guns, or should I say the big gloves.

Jason’s glove bomb.
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Detonation!
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Fail
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Let’s try that again.
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Success…
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Short-lived success.
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Our personal fire truck.
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

After letting the ashes smolder just a little longer, it was time to cool things down.

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

While Jason and Jeremy circled the burn area with the water tank, I did a little walking around.

Smoke as seen from one of the far corners of the lot.
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

I also had to capture some shots of the other point of progress: a clearer “driveway.”

Looking up towards the lot from where we park:

Before
Eventual Driveway?

After
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And around the bend:

Before
Starting Our Branch Pile

After
Burn Day - July 3, 2011

After the guys sprayed down the burn zone, Jeremy left with the tractor. Jason and I stuck around a little while longer to make sure all the flames had fizzled. We staked out a shady spot since it was ridiculously hot outside. Obviously, a massive bonfire didn’t help matters.

Burn Day - July 3, 2011

Now that the big burn is complete, we can begin working again. Jason has talked about shifting gears and clearing along the front of the property. However, we only want to clear it to a certain extent. We want our eventual house to be a little hidden from view. You’ll have to be a friend – or blog reader – to really see it  🙂

 

Special Winter Photography

Jason and I ventured out to our country lot this weekend. Jason borrowed a field camera from a buddy, and he wanted to set it up hopefully to catch some photos of deer. We have known that there are a lot of deer roaming around the lot, and the tracks in the snow just confirm it.

I took my camera along to get some of our first winter photos of our land.

Jason blazing a trail for me through the deep snow.

The old white glider covered in snow.

Can you see some of the tracks?

A nice view from the top of our hill.

Winter Oak

Signs of lots of activity.

This “track” really freaked me out – I had visions of a huge snake roaming around the area. Jason tells me it was probably a squirrel. I’ll go with him.

Not a lot out there but snow and branches.

Securing the field camera in place.

Bonus: A little bit of sunshine on a cold winter’s day.