Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Kenny Attacked by Venomous Snake!

While clearing brush around the woodshed, we must have disturbed this fearless and ferocious fellow!  Kenny tried to come in for a closer look and was very nearly set upon!

You can feel the anger!
Luckily the strike of this venomous reptile fell a little short, and we quickly released him back into the undergrowth to go harass some other creatures before finding a place to hunker down for the winter.

Uh oh, is he eyeing me now?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

In Which I Disappoint Grandpa by Felling a Tree the Wrong Way

Whelp, as I've mentioned a few times already, I've been working hard at clearing away brush and superfluous trees from the woodshed and cabin.

A couple weeks ago, I was working close to the woodshed and managed to clear out space around two trees that were growing nearly right against one another.  They probably were a single tree sharing a root system...

Due to the fact they were so close together while growing, all the branches on each were missing from the side against their partner.  I like this feature when cutting them up, as it means that I only have to go down one side of the trunk to remove the side branches.  As with anything though, the law of unforeseen (admittedly, not unforeseeable) consequences comes consistently into play.

The branches on the tree I was cutting down were all about ninety degrees to the direction my wedge cut was pointing.  The tree as it fell decided to "split the difference" and fell at a 45 degree angle.  Completely missing two other tall trees that I was certain would have acted as guidance in the event that it didn't fall as I wanted.  Instead, as if pulled by a magnetic force, or Murphy's Law, the tree came down directly on the end of the woodshed itself.

Harder to do a better hit if I had aimed it!  Note the uneven load of branches.
Kenny was safely ensconced on the cabin porch, as I don't permit him to be closer than a radius of twice the height of whatever trees I may be cutting, but even so, I asked him to go back into the cabin as I needed to say some things out loud that I'd rather he not hear.

I'm just pleased I was able to winch it off with tearing down the porch roof too.
The damage to the steel was cosmetic and annoying, but nothing too crippling.  It did open up the seam slightly, but not enough that I was going to try to rush to repair it.  I'm not sure how I can repair it, as I don't want to stand on the porch roof, so I think that maybe once the shed is emptied of wood, I will go inside and see if I can massage the steel in that manner.  Otherwise, I may not lose sleep over it.  We'll see.

A slight gap at the top shouldn't let in a worrying amount of rain or snow.
It did make me feel much more confident about the snow load the roof and porch roof can hold.  The tree was not insubstantial, and even with me winching it off of the roof there didn't seem to be undo hardship caused.

The change in expression on Grandpa's face when I related that no, it wasn't a windfall that caused this, but my own cutting was something to behold.  :)

Next time I will try to see if I can't find a way of coaxing trees to fall better when they are anywhere near my buildings or equipment.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Eclipse

We happened to be visiting with my parents during the recent "Eclipse of the Century" (by what metric?)

I managed to snag this picture with my camera from an internal reflection.  Not too shabby I think.