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    4 Days Ago
    mdvaden replied to a thread The RIP Thread... in Odds and Ends
    A tribute page to my mother ... http://www.mdvaden.com/redwood_eleanor_vaden.shtml Eleanor Vaden ... February 21, 1919 - September 26, 2017
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Oh .. didn't you say once, that you use an angle grinder to get it off ??
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    3 Weeks Ago
    What do you guys "cut" pitch on your arms with? I sometimes use margarine and butter. But I think mayonnaise and peanut butter may work also.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Maybe ... but Willie must be a pace car driver ... how else would he know ...lol Has a cool ring to it too, doesn't it ... "sopc" ... Southern Oregon Pace Car" :) Yes, Crescent City and time in Jed Smith and Prairie Creek.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Surprisingly, I do pull over to let others pass about 50% of the time. But I commonly move along using every mph available ... the other 50% of the time.
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    09-12-2017
    Redwood wedding in one of Humboldt's coast redwood forests. A couple from Hawaii ...
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    09-10-2017
    Exactly !!
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    09-10-2017
    It stands out because so many trunks are so straight. There's not much damage in this area. In fact, it continues down a hill and around a corner to a huge flat that has many more trunks and ferns looking just like this. Just flat. Almost tailored by nature for a redwood wedding.
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    09-09-2017
    Nice elderly red huckleberry among a grove of coast redwoods. These old huckleberry add a nice texture even in winter after leaves have fallen.
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    08-30-2017
    It probably depends on the area. Up by Portland's west side suburbs, people trended to not liking others at the door. Part of that evolution was due to scores of religious people going door to door. So up that way, I used to just leave cards. Down by Medford, Oregon, I found the opposite. A few times it was windy and I knocked so paper would not get left to blow away. After apologizing for ringing, the homeowners mentioned they'd rather that I ring the bell so they can see who was there. Also, there is a higher percentage of retirees down here compared to the part of north Oregon we lived in over a year ago. After starting to knock or use the bell here, not only did I get some work right away, but it also saved time by not needed to return a 2nd time for the estimate. I haven't advertised much in Ashland yet, but am curious to learn what it's like there. There's more trees down that way and I should get a strong foothold going this coming September in that town.
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    08-29-2017
    Prairie Creek is awesome. I'm supposed to do wedding photos for someone mid-Sept. and suggested they keep that park in mind this time of year. Attached below is something I've been wanting to photograph for quite some time. Took 8 minutes to reach the trunks from where my camera was placed.
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    08-27-2017
    Again ?? !!
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    08-23-2017
    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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    08-22-2017
    Another tall stack in the redwood forest.
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    08-22-2017
    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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    08-21-2017
    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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    08-21-2017
    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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    08-15-2017
    Along the trail last weekend.
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    08-05-2017
    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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    08-04-2017
    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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    08-03-2017
    Colors of the Forest ... think I will have this one printed.
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    07-31-2017
    Underneath shade of 300 ft. canopy, the last couple hours of daylight.
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    07-30-2017
    Not if I beat you to it !!
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    07-30-2017
    Strange she says !! Who ... me ??
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    07-21-2017
    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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