Always a very welcome sight, the 400 red oak trees I planted as seedlings, 35 years ago. Walking among these trees, I have something analogous to parental pride, to see how tall they have become and healthy they remain.
Part of my visit is to continue to cut the ash trees that have died from the Emerald Ash Borer. When I see one, I hack a path to it, try to make it fall on the path (rarely), cut the tree into fireplace length pieces and.....
.....push the pieces to a stack where family members can access for burning in their fireplaces.
Wow, a pleasant surprise! A tree fell at some point since my visit in May so th makes things much easier. The weather on this visit is as good as it was bad in May. First three days, temps in the mid 70's and sunny. Rain tonight and much cooler temperatures beginning tomorrow but that's ok for the work I am doing.