Michael Hagedorn’s Shore Pine Design Challenge


I was going to respond to Michael Hagedorn’s shore pine design challenge by replying to his blog and describing what I would do with this shore pine in words but I ended up doing a sketch instead.  I will be joining Michael next week for his fall seasonal so I have to be careful I say the right things or I may end up in detention.   First of all there could be a number of ways of designing this tree.  If this is my tree, below is what I would do and here are my reasons:

  • Front-Photo 2. I feel that this represents the best front because it shows the most movement from the trunk. The best potential taper from roots to apex. It also shows the best congruent curves between the trunks I would keep.  Also, I want to keep the smaller tree at the base therefore, if I’m looking at this tree in the landscape, the little tree…

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Birds and fun on two outings despite persistent wind and fierce heat

Hermanus Bird Club

By Craig Holmes

More than 40 Club members enjoyed two outings over the past two weeks, and identified very good numbers of bird species despite adverse elements.

For the first outing we ventured forth up the West Coast on 23 October to one of our favourite spots – Duinepos. The weather, although clear, didn’t play along as we would have liked. As is fairly common along that coast the wind blew and blew, and blew.

duinepos A Southern Black Korhaan (Swartvlerk-korhaan) in the West Coast National Park. Image by John Cheesebrough.

Despite that we managed to see some 153 species, which is really good going. Among those were an Osprey (Visvalk), Curlew Sandpipers (Krombekstrandlopers), various canaries (kanaries), cormorants (duikers), ibises (ibisse), larks (lewerike), terns (sterretjies), and many more. Lee Burman was the capable scribe.

We were lucky that the timing of the incoming tides worked well for us. We sat in the…

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