It’s the last day of the year; time to reminisce. The woods are a good place for it, especially on a foggy morning. There were some good parts but also tough parts this year especially towards the end with Ms. Zulu going to the rainbow bridge. New seeds are bound to sprout from that which no longer is. We hope that the new year will bring lots of happy new beginnings for all beings small and tall, young and old. Be kind towards one another as well as yourself.
B & A
First of all, thank you all for your concerns regarding my oops incident. I’m fully recovered and there seem to be no side effects of almost swallowing a non-edible furry thing. A little bit of advice to you canines and felines out there: don’t eat them. Now that is all behind us I can give you an update on the dangerous affair I reported on in March. Go to the links if you need to refresh your minds.
Yesterday I patrolled the perimeter again to see how the Pinecone Forest is doing. As always I took Ms. Zulu, my lovely mentor and counselor, with me. I am happy to report that the palm trees, palmettos, wiregrass, and pine trees are doing well. We should have an excellent pinecone harvest later this year. My chauffeur/ cook/ photographer/ you know who I am talking about, took some photos so you can see for yourself. There is one photo that shows the difference between a site that was burned in 2013 for the last time and one that was burned in March of this year. The gopher tortoises that we are trying to shelter should be happy as a clam as their home site is getting restored.
On watch duty
Lots of greens again
The forest is restoring
Compare the burned (r) and not burned (l) side
Wishing you a happy weekend, don’t burn down the house/ forest,
Fire in the hole!
Good news, the dangerous affair is behind us. I have to say good supervision was much needed and Ms. Zulu and I were happy to help with that. All authorities, including the forester, were happy.
Apparently, prescribed burns have been done around headquarters almost on a yearly basis since 2003. The burns promote the regeneration of long leaf pine forest ecosystem. This ecosystem is considered optimal habitat for the Gopher Tortoise which is a threatened species. And the Gopher Tortoise burrows provide prime real estate for over 300 other species! So headquarters provides shelter to lots of species besides the canine ones. Who would have known?
The day after we had to walk the borders to make sure that none of the fire had escaped. Lots of sniffing on our end showed us that all was clear. So today we can rest well.
No escapees here
We can rest
An impressive smokescreen
Sunrays breaking through
The day after MI-2 was supposed to be a lazy office day but instead, we found ourselves tackling a dangerous affair. At headquarters they decided that it was time to burn down the house! At first I thought that they wanted to put up a smokescreen. But then it got closer to headquarters, so I thought maybe they want to burn all evidence of our missions. But no, wise Ms. Zulu told me that it is a yearly affair.*
Ms. Zulu has many missions that went up in smoke under her belt. The belt became so heavy that she eventually had to take it off. Yesterday’s flaming affair was my second time but I don’t really remember the first one. I must have been itsy bitsy teenie weenie. This time, Ms. Zulu and I took it upon us to supervise the event. Of course safety first, so this was all done from within headquarters behind a fireproof window. When all was behind us, M gave me a glowing review. I had remained calm and relaxed in a smoking hot situation. That is not an easy feat she said. I guess we can say that Ms. Zulu and I have deserved our rest.
Moi relaxed; do you see the smoke?
Supervising is tough
* Prescribed burns are done in this area to restore longleaf pine forests