Well, it’s been an odd spring here in Wyoming. We’ve seen several days into the 70’s and even 80, yet were still freezing at night. We’ve been able to collect in some of our lower areas, even while snow keeps falling higher up the mountain; So, we’re happy to announce that we’ve officially begun our 2014 collecting season!
Here are some pictures of what we’ve been up to over the last couple of weeks. Enjoy! We sure have been! (Disclaimer: None of the trees in this post will be available for sale until spring of 2015 at the earliest.)
Here’s the big one I brought down. Steve lovingly dubbed this monster “Arnold”. I was lucky I found this guy. Steve and I were crossing back across the ridge toward the first large tree (above) we’d left for pick-up on the way down, when I came to a draw that was impassible without climbing gear. My choice was either to go back up to where Steve was, or to continue down some seriously steep rocks below. I opted to go down, and found this guy on a narrow ledge as I was nearing the base of the rocks. I’m glad I went down!
Can you tell I was a bit tired by the time I got back?
We try to leave any area we collect a tree from looking as untouched as possible. If there are any other plants or moss growing next to the trees we replant it and re-fill any disturbed dirt, rocks, pine needles, etc.
This Rocky Mountain Juniper is long dead, but check out how it grew in a double curl!
More pictures from collecting this spring:
Here are a few others we’ve collected so far:
We hope you’ve enjoyed the update!