Ironically enough, I titled this post forgetting that I actually did most of the work at night. When the temperature often hits 95 F (35 C) by 10:30 in the morning, one tends to do these things. Sorry for some of the photos in advance.
Today I’m going to walk through some of the work I did on a cypress I’ve had for about 4 years now.
It’s been through its fair share of trauma. When I first got it, I did a trunk chop right above the base. I did it because that’s what people told me I should do. I didn’t know enough to say otherwise. The year after, however, I had gotten enough of seeking advice before every choice I made. I decided to just mess around and see what would happen.
I proceeded to blowtorch the same area I had cut just a year before. I…
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My first flycatcher turned out to be a tricky nut to crack. I spotted it at the top of a dead spruce along the Athabaskan River along the old Ice Fields Parkway in Jasper National Park. Right from the get go I had no idea what I was looking at. I knew that the species was new to me and since I was nit even able to place it in a bird category, e.g. sparrows, finches, black birds, etc, I knew that this was something big. As I had not hope of identifying the bird in the field I focused on getting photographs of it from as many angles as possible. Fortunately it was a sunny day and the bird was perched in full sunlight, so I was able to get some decent pictures of it. Later on after the usual consultations…
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