Montana Outdoors

August 15, 2017

Firewood season

Filed under: Winter, Wood cutting — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 3:35 pm

Yesterday for the fourth time I received delivery of a full logging truck of logs to provide wood for my winter fires. For anyone who ever wondered what 30 tons of firewood looks like, here are a few pictures:

Firewood logs

Firewood logs

Firewood logs

"Firewood

And here are the tools used to turn the logs into firewood:

Chain saw

This saw has cut three loads like this in the past decade. I take very good care of it! It will take somewhere around 2,000 cuts to turn these logs into 16 inch blocks (called “rounds”) which will then have to be split.

7 pound splitting axe

This seven pound splitting axe has been in use since about 1975. I take good care of it too. I replaced the hickory handle several years ago and after it was carefully fitted to the axe and sanded smooth, it has received 20 hand-rubbed coats of Linseed oil. It slides like fine silk through my hands.

Gloves

It will take about 6 pair of these, but that’s still cheaper than all of the bandaids and other medical supplies that would otherwise be needed.

The eventual results will be:

…..Three Montana winters enjoying a nice, warm house, independent of electricity (which is especially nice when there is a mid-winter power outage), and there will be plenty on hand if someone else needs it in the midst of a cold winter…..

…..All of my muscles will be firm, my hands hard…..

…..I will sleep very well at night…..

…..The heating cost for the whole house will be $400 a year…..

…..And most of all, the consummate satisfaction of having done the work myself!…..

Notes:

The trees are Lodgepole Pine harvested during a logging operation in a cutting area about 100 miles west of my house, about 17 miles off the highway in the area of Gem Peak at an elevation of about 6,000 feet. They are all dead and dry trees, no good for turning into lumber. Eventually they would burn in a wildfire anyway and that would actually create far more more smoke and particulates than in my wood stove which uses a catalytic combuster and burns very clean.

The longer logs are 50 feet in length, weigh around 1,000 pounds (454KG) and are 18 inches (4.6 decimeters) in diameter at the base.

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May 25, 2014

Rosa woodsii

Filed under: Montana, Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 2:12 pm

Wood's rose

Wood's rose

Wood’s Rose ~ Rosa woodsii

May 16, 2014

Geranium viscosiissimum

Filed under: Montana, Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:23 pm

Sticky Geranium

Sticky Geranium

Sticky Geranium ~ Geranium viscosiissimum

The Nlaka’pamux, an indigenous First Nations people of southern British Columbia considered this flower a woman’s love charm. That seems to fit.

June 5, 2013

Lewisia rediviva ~ Bitterroot

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:17 pm

The Bitterroots are in bloom!

Bitterroot

Bitterroot

Bitterroot

Bitterroot

Bitterroot

Bitterroot

Bitterroot

Bitterroot

Bitterroot

Bitterroot, Lewisia rediviva

The genus name, Lewisia, commemorates Meriweather Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition who first collected it in 1806 in what is now Montana. He pressed and dried one and when it was examined months later it still showed signs of life, and when planted, promptly grew. Its species name then was given as rediviva, meaning ‘restored to life’.

June 2, 2013

Revett Lake outlet

Filed under: Idaho, Montana — Tags: , , — montucky @ 1:25 pm

At the outlet of Revett Lake

The outlet from this little high country lake on the Idaho/Montana border is located at its northeast end and creates the beginning of Cascade Creek. (Photo taken June 1, 2013)

June 1, 2013

Idaho sunset

Filed under: Sunsets — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:27 pm

Idaho sunset

Idaho sunset

Idaho sunset

Idaho sunset

More often of late I have been spending the night before a hike at the trail head. That way I can get an early start on the trail (around daylight) but also there is frequently a pretty sunset to be seen from those locations. These were taken a little after 9:30 last night from a trail at the Montana/Idaho border. (As the sunset began to develop I hiked up the trail a ways to get a better setting.)

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