“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

Mysterious Happenings

 We've had a mysterious happening here on the farm of late.  Alongside our driveway is a wood shed.  Beside this woodshed are a few stumps that have been torn apart by some critter - perhaps a bear? A porcupine, or a raccoon, or some other critter looking for insects within the wood?  Every day, just a little more wood has been torn out of the stumps.  

And then, we noticed some areas of the surrounding trees that were "scratched" away.  Perhaps the critter was also climbing the trees?  So many questions to be answered!

We decided to investigate this mysterious occurrence by placing a game camera on one of the smaller live trees so that we might see the varmint in action.  And this is what we saw...

Now, the funny thing is - I have been wanting to catch a photograph of a Pileated Woodpecker for years, but they are quite elusive and shy.  It's one bird that has continuously dodged the camera lens.  Almost every day I see one fly across my path, or hear one in the woods nearby, but just have never been able to capture one on "film.  The game camera is great for evidence, but not great for quality photography.  Still... it was fun to capture this guy in action!

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