Today I made my usual Saturday morning trek to Little Creek Park, this time to collect leaf specimens for study. The sky was cloudy and pregnant, and it turned out to be a good thing I packed my rain gear – I encountered several really good soaking showers. I love being in the woods when it rains! I found over a dozen trees and shrubs to identify, plus a couple of different variations of ones I already knew. The specimens in the following photo will keep me busy for a while:
I took a different route out of the park, and I passed an area where park employees had been cutting down trees. Several nice sized chunks were laying along the road. It’s a busy park, though, and I had to go a ways and turn around due to traffic (the road is narrow and twisty, and most people go much faster than the speed limit). I found a place to squeeze into the grass, and lo and behold, right over the hillside about 15’ from my car was a chunk of Red Oak about 14” in diameter and 18” long:
It took a bit of work to get the wood into my car, even over that short distance, but it was worth it:
I couldn’t believe they just cut the trees and rolled the pieces into the woods. I’ve already sealed the ends, and will cut it into rounds this week. The pieces will have to dry a couple of years, but I plan to make clock faces with them. Cha-ching!!