|Last fall, before the logging. (All photos by author.)|
|Painting by Canadian artist Emily Carr.|
The first time that logger Steve came to cut we
were very conservative—leave this tree, this tree, this one, don’t even think of cutting over there (color-coded surveyors’ tape came in handy). As we got to see the lay of the land we discovered a surveyor’s map (scale 1” to 100’) can’t reveal the undulating micro slopes. To clear a swath for the barn that didn’t entail a walk-out basement, the logger was called back, plans were changed, more trees cut. Result: the barn is on level land and now we also have lots of beautiful bare earth we need to protect from erosion. Excavator Dave says to throw a little conservation mix seed on it; it’s excellent for erosion control and attracting deer to graze. Again, no problem. It’s fall; we’ll just go to the local hardware store and pick some up. Easier said than done.
|Home site will be in front of trees in foreground and a little to left.|
|P.S. Bear evidence. Recent photo from night camera nearby.|