South Dakota collecting trip, Day 2
We agreed to go back to the ridge where we left off yesterday. We were sidetracked by some junipers on the hill opposite, and never got there. Some scenery on the way to our spot.
Now to the trees…starting with ones we left behind for inspiration…
Now some digging…
A decent sized RMJ that seemed to double in weight as I pushed, pulled, and dragged it up this 70′ nearly vertical ravine to get back to the road!
A nice little one…a needed break after horsing out the big one!
I jest, actually, in all, we collected 13 trees, short of the 20 transplant permits we purchased.
Our arms look like we stuck them in a bag of angry cats, these junipers put up a fight, but we got them herded up and ready to roll:
And magically unloaded 650 miles later:
Tomorrow, working them into boxes. Whew…this feels an awful lot like work!