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A Treat for the Senses

I really don’t know why I haven’t gotten more into bog-walking before this. It really is a delight for all the senses.

I had a chance to do another bog-walk two days ago.

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Cypress Bark Mulch

We now interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to offer a special deal on Cypress Bark Mulch. We have an excess supply and need to unload.

Actually, my favorite tree got blasted over the weekend.

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The Beauty of the Bog

Being back in northern Wisconsin, I wanted to revisit the bog I saw in Barefoot Boggin’. In particular, I was hoping to see the flowers of the purple pitcher plants I’d seen last October.

Part of the difference between fall and spring is not only the flowers, but the moisture level.

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Enter the Dragon . . . Fly

I’m up in northern Wisconsin again. This is probably the earliest I’ve been up here, and the mosquitoes when I first arrived were awful.

Fortunately, I was rescued.

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Oh, Gros

I’ve left my birdfeeder up later than usual this year. Nothing special, it’s just that the timing of when I bought a bag of sunflower seeds was a bit late, and I like to use up what I have. Otherwise I tend to find old dead dessicated mice in my seed bin.

So I’ve had some different visitors to the birdfeeder.

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Deerie Me

When I was out in the yard yesterday, it was clear that some of our trees had been damaged.

It wasn’t hard to figure out how.

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Lahuen Ñadi

Southern Chile, that is, the Puerto Montt area, is not only similar to northern California in climate, but it also has trees very similar to sequoias and redwoods. Well, similar climates produce similar responses.

In this case, it’s the alerce, or Fitzroy Cypress, also called the Patagonian Cypress.

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A Change of Latitude

In yesterday’s repost, Give Me Some Latitude, I noted how the northwest coasts of both North America and Europe were similar due to ocean currents, and how that probably led to their similarity in having barefoot cultures.

But there are more ocean currents, and at least one other place in a similar situation.

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Before They Pass Away

There’s a very interesting project out there by a photographer named Jimmy Nelson. The project is Before They Pass Away, looking at some of the few remaining unique human cultures before they all get homogenized away.

An interesting thing (to me) is how many of them still go barefoot.

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Cupressaceae

I wanted to let folks know about a really nice blog entry from Trek Ohio about the Bald Cypress: a Deciduous Conifer. As usual, they have a ton of really good pictures and supplement it with a lot of useful information.

It doesn’t hurt that I really, really like Bald Cypresses.

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Snakebitten

Barefooters will get comments from people who ask if they aren’t concerned about venomous snakes. The thing is, when it comes to such snakes, being barefoot really isn’t that much more dangerous.

I’ve got two snakebite stories here to show that.

[Warning: one of my pictures will be really horrible looking (no, it's not "graphic", the latest euphemism; it's "horrible"), so be careful clicking through.]

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Sweet Gale

I still have a few pictures left over from when I was in northern Wisconsin, so I thought I’d show some of them, and mention my discovery of “sweet gale”.

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There’s a new show about to appear on the Discovery Channel: Man, Cheetah, Wild. The host, Kim Wolhuter, spends a lot of time in it barefoot.

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Barefoot Boggin’

I had a chance to do a bit of a bushwhack, make that a bogwhack, the other day.

Of course, if you are sloggin’ through a bog, bare feet are best.

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Eagle

I’m up in northern Wisconsin. The place where I’m staying has had bald eagles in residence for quite a while. In fact, I got a few long-distance shots of juveniles just this summer, as part of Cove Fauna.

I had one pose for me yesterday afternoon.

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