“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Not-So-Lovely Surprises

Yesterday I showed you some of the wonderful surprises
that can be found when wandering through the woods
on a beautiful spring day.


(A note on fiddleheads:  we do not eat ours, as I am not savvy
as to what type is edible.  Not all fiddleheads are edible.
Some, in fact are poisonous, and some are carcinogenic.
Instead, I just enjoy them photographically.)

As for morels... they are a variety of edible mushrooms 
that are very easy to identify...
with nothing else that looks like them... if you know what you are looking for.

If I had been wandering in the same place,
at a slightly different time,
however,
I might no longer be amongst the living.
Just where I was hunting for morel mushrooms the previous 
morning, a tree snapped in half and came tumbling down into the woods,
crossing the path of the driveway.


This is the second tree around the farm that has
bitten the dust thanks to a fierce wind storm.
This one smashed through the fence.


Every time we have a wind storm like that,
I worry about our old pine tree next to the barn.
It's the oldest living thing on the farm and is
well over 200 years old.


After the winds died down a bit,
the rain took over causing water to flow across the land
in places where...

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