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    15 Hours Ago
    The motive and means to liquidate reminds me partly of politics and government give-away programs. Like welfare, grants and freebies being given to too many people. Some people hate paying taxes for that. But there are a lot of recipients that don't give a second thought, enjoying getting benefits that other people are paying for. They may even feel they deserve it. So I'm guessing a number of these thieves know people in the woods, etc., who feel some city arborists, etc., should be able to afford the loss so they can get the discount. No guilt. Just a mindset and way of life. Blinded to the purpose of law and order and honest business.
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    1 Day Ago
    Another tall stack in the redwood forest.
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    1 Day Ago
    With the arrangement in that video, the climber's life appears to be in the groundie's hands at every given moment.
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    2 Days Ago
    Ah ... you answered the 3rd question I was going to add, but didn't. About the size. I was wondering if some guys like him go too large to impress on-camera, or maybe just out of habit and time-saving.
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    2 Days Ago
    About 45 seconds or so, is that guy cutting as close to his rope as it looks? Once, if not twice? Next question ... past 11:00 when it shows the section swinging around and almost whacking his head, then the trunk, should a good ground person have held the rope tight as shown, or seen the problem coming and released a good amount of rope when it was still on the opposite side?
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    1 Week Ago
    Along the trail last weekend.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    On Youtube, some folks write cutting "giant" tree even though it's only a few feet diameter. I was looking for maybe a sample 10 feet using an ax. Did find this old documentary. And even in the first minute where the guy goes up to remove the top, that looks like something I wouldn't try for fun. That's sure a lot of whacks above the flip line. Starts chopping the top around 1:30 in the video ... My guess is that most any non-defective trunk would be something relaxing for me, up to about 4 feet wide. Provided I can keep my feet on the ground. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DLCCzLQ4V8E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Odd, but maybe not, I found myself tonight on Youtube watching video of people using an ax and some manual saw labor, felling trees. I've done the same before growing up on my parents small property in Oregon, so it's not unfamiliar. I use power saws, and I know most of you use power saws. But tonight, watching, was a short reminder of the effort and method trees used to be cut. Although it's not easy, each chop on the video reminded me how much I used to enjoy using an ax. An honestly, it was relaxing and satisfying in some ways, provided there was no rush.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Colors of the Forest ... think I will have this one printed.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Underneath shade of 300 ft. canopy, the last couple hours of daylight.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Not if I beat you to it !!
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Strange she says !! Who ... me ??
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    4 Weeks Ago
    I was thinking of you the morning I took this photo, because the lighting was very pleasant and similar to what I recall in some photos you took in the Atlas Grove. About 11 am, I drove back north toward Jed Smith, but stopped first to do a diameter wrap on Babe's scrotum at Trees of Mystery. His balls are 9.5 ft. circumference or close to 3 ft. diameter. LOL ... Babe is also 26 ft. much shorter than the 35 ft. listed on the sign. One of the off-the-wall things added to the day's adventures. I may add your nickname name also, to the page I made for this redwood some time ago.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    They might go hard on certain foreigners. Rangers are reading websites and blogs now looking for evidence of violation. Taylor, the tree discoverer, mentioned getting fined due to a ranger looking at his drone video from over a certain forest. Another guy on Youtube got nailed for posting evidence of his climb. So if a foreigner so much as mentioned the topic on a blog, website or forum like this, they would probably cross-reference, and likely already keep a list of names people don't realize. Permits would never be issued, so it certainly boils down to hide and sneak if it's going to happen at all in a national park like that.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    One from today in Prairie Creek. The sun came out in Jedediah at daybreak, so I drove south before 7 am and Prairie Creek was overcast.
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    07-11-2017
    Just bought a Yuzu citrus tree from nursery in the Medford area. Apparently hardy to 10 degrees F.. Has anyone grown one or encountered mature specimens in Rogue Valley, or elsewhere in Oregon? Anyone cook using the fruit? The tree is attractive and I am very unfamiliar with it. The tree has very nice foliage, plus no shortage of thorns.
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    06-23-2017
    Thank you. The also appreciated advice to marry near a small trail down near water. That first photo was in the patch of redwoods opposite boy scout tree trailhead. the other side of Howland Hill Rd. I'm guessing you know the group of redwoods intimately. I came in a day early for myself and shared some time to let them get a few family photos with their daughters. Normally I don't care for sun for portraits, nor for redwood photos. But once we got in there ... I agree the light adds a nice mood shining in from the right side.
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    06-23-2017
    Yesterday in Jedediah Smith ... couple originally from Canada, recently moved to the USA.
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    06-12-2017
    Not my handiwork, but I like it. Just got back from the coast redwoods this evening. The Power of the Force is Strong with this one !!! Try Full Screen ... There's probably no question who's photo this one is ... lol
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    05-19-2017
    mdvaden replied to a thread The RIP Thread... in Odds and Ends
    Rest in Peace Missy !! She was a fine dog, our Rat Terrier. Now to become part of one of the largest trees on earth, and our garden. A few weeks ago. We've had to put down a few dogs over the past 20 yrs. This one was particularly different and more difficult to adjust to afterward. We have a 60 inch print canvas on our wall of this tree in the background, so it seemed like a good spot.
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