Monday, February 18, 2013

A Walk in the Woods

In the afternoons I like to take a walk in the woods that surround our place.  I spend a lot of the day hunched over something, a loom, my knitting, weeding, etc. so getting out and walking for half an hour or so gets the kinds out so to speak.
The woods on the island were almost completely clear cut logged around the turn of the 20th century to provide cord wood for the lime kilns at Roche Harbor.   And this area around us was logged again in the 60's, this time for lumber.  So the few big trees left are mostly second growth that wasn't suitable for lumber for some reason, too twisty, double tops, etc.  When we first came to the farm the woods were mostly small trees, so dense you could hardly walk through them.  But in the intervening 30 or so years they have grown up, thinned out and are a lovely place to walks.

 This big snag came down in a wind storm last spring and you can see where the woodpeckers have been busy at it getting bugs.
 At the end of one of my favorite trails the woods opens out into what was once an old farm and is now a marsh and pond and the ground is covered with wild rose bushes,

 with the ruins of one of the log cabins that date from the 19th century.


  1. A lovely walk Margaret - I bet there is some fantastic wild life to be seen there - it looks so wild.

  2. Actually we have very little mammalian wildlife on this island. Islands are funny that way. We have lots of birds, rats, cottontail rabbits, muskrats, and otters. Just things that can get across several miles of cold water. (The rats had human help and most likely the rabbits)