Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

When the bark begins to slip on a longleaf pine tree, you know it is a dead tree standing. Sometimes the reason is clear: the unmistakable char of a lightning strike or debris and rot at the base from boring beetles. But a tree dies of old age, too,  even when it’s been lucky enough to …

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This morning’s 60°  dry and sunny temperature had the Longleaf critters feeling frisky, from the resident bullfrog in the cement pond to bees, butterflies and, (you know it), Buck. We just had to take another walk. Unthinkable as it sounds today, we may be in some other beautiful part of the world this time next …

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There’s history, mystery and the ineluctable lure of the wild woods in a panhandle Florida longleaf pine forest. Here’s what Buck and I found when we went off-trail and followed the stream in mid-August. Enjoy an armchair stroll while I go mow the clearing. (Buck and Harold fixed my John Deere.) I’ll be back to tell …

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Saturday morning and I figured I couldn’t put off mowing the grass any longer. Next to the last week in August and we’ve been having classic thunderstorms nearly every afternoon. Too hot not to thunder, too humid not to rain. I asked Buck to check the tires on our old John Deere “lawn tractor.” It’s …

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