You know how I mentioned that trees are a renewable resource? That was really driven home yesterday when I went up with the boss fixing fence in the heifer pasture.
Although we call it that, for the past ten years or so we ran the milk cows up there at least part of the time. Last year we sold the herd ...And all that summer there were only four in a pasture that formerly fed sixty. Now we only have two old milk cows
Right now, those two old girls, Bama and Moon are still in the barnyard on hay. Although they know where they belong, the fence must be repaired in case a storm or hunters or something else panics them and they run where they don't belong.
Anyhow, I went out with him to see if I could spot the Brown Thrashers that are around....(check...Bobolinks too.).
All over the top of the hill, to the tune of thousands upon thousands, little Sugar Maple trees have taken root. I swear every samara that swirled down from the old trees since the cows left has sprouted.
With only two cows to turn out there this summer I don't suppose they will be disturbed much.
How long before it is a forest again?
|Although you can't see him in this view of the Shagbrark Hickory, |
(largest tree, just right of center)
there is somebody up there.