A Room With a View: Shore Pine Revisit

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To continue looking back at past work and how they look today…here’s a pine project from 2 years ago that started with a design puzzle:


This was the quirky Shore Pine when it got to the yard in 2016. To see the full post on the restyling of it and the design puzzle we offered: shore-pine-design-puzzle


And this is the pine after our restyling session in 2016-


The tree now, in May 2018, a year and a half later. We’ve repotted the tree and other than that just allowed it to fill out without much manipulation. Later there will be more detailing…but we do need to let our trees be for a while. It is back budding ferociously, as Shore Pines do, which is one of the reasons I like these pines. The intensity of the green is truly unique in the pine world.

Why did I title this post ‘Room…

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White-faced ibis creates birding stir with rare visit to region

Our Fine Feathered Friends

When I awoke on April 19, I didn’t expect that I’d end up seeing a new state bird before the day ended. Thanks to timely notices of a new bird sighting by email, I used my work break to drive to Elizabethton, Tennessee, to see a white-faced ibis at the Carter County Rescue Squad pond. The opportunity for unexpected appearances by birds like the white-faced ibis is why I love spring migration.

White-FacedIbis Photo by Bryan Stevens • The red eye of this white-faced ibis allowed observers to confirm the identity of the bird. The similar glossy ibis does not have red eyes.

Tom McNeil spotted the bird at a much larger pond on the campus of Northeast State Community College in Elizabethton. After he reported the bird, I was able to use a work break to travel to the location and find the bird nearby at the smaller pond, where…

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Male scarlet tanager stands out from other birds

Our Fine Feathered Friends

Scarlet Tanager02 Photo by Jeana Chapman • A male scarlet tanager forages close to the ground, which is not typical behavior for these birds. Tanagers, although brightly colored, spend most of their time in the tree canopy obscured from view.

I received an email from Lewis and Jeana Chapman detailing a dazzling discovery they made.

The couple have been adding a few new birds to their bird list and decided to give me an update on what they’ve been seeing. The Chapmans reside in the community of Laurel Bloomery in Johnson County, Tennessee. The wooded slopes of Pond Mountain where they make their home provide an attractive location for migrating birds, as well a summer residents.

“The tree swallows returned this spring to nest in our bluebird box,” Lewis wrote in his email reporting his new sightings. “The great crested flycatcher has moved its nest from the front porch to the barn…

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