From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The View From the Hilltop

Early spring in Christian County, KY



I went with Dennis this afternoon to haul some wood he had cut and split. He's been working on a huge  hickory tree that Hurricane Isaac took down in September, 2008.

Now, two long sections of the tree's thick trunk are left. Dennis says that he probably won't cut and split much more of it because the slices of trunk are just too heavy to manhandle. He's going to look into selling the logs.

We stopped at the landowner's house for a few minutes.  I took this photo of the view he enjoys, while he and Dennis were talking. The landowner is retired and he lives alone. He has a small herd of cattle, a horse, and a dog.

The tree Dennis has been cutting up is in the horse's pasture. The horse doesn't like the noisy chainsaw and log splitter, and he stays as far away as possible. The commotion doesn't bother the dog, though; he always comes down to say hello and see what's happening.

2 comments:

John Ruberry said...

It looks like your spring is a couple of weeks ahead of mine.

Genevieve said...

I'm sure we are at least a couple of weeks, and maybe more, ahead. It looks to me like you're a couple of growing zones north of us.

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