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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.


Some perspective, here is the ridge we ended up collecting on:

And a shot back to the truck from the top of the ridge…can you spot it?


Now to the trees…starting with ones we left behind for inspiration…




This one was amazing…foliage like Kishu:


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!

Wish the steep angle showed up better…it was like climbing a dirt ladder with no rungs, carrying a 5-year old:


A nice little one…a needed break after horsing out the big one!

Now, Ron’s approach reminded me of a book I read with my kids, “If you give a moose a muffin” by L. Numeroff (he’s going to want another, and another, and another, and another…!)

Ron hauling out a big ‘un:

Another pair Ron dug:

Another one Ron dug (hmm…seeing a pattern here? Hey Ron, the forest called, they’re running out of trees!)

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!

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. ron heinen #

    Your blog makes it all so real to me. Feels like I was almost there. Like to write more but got-to-go, I have a chiropractic appointment.

    May 23, 2013
  2. I’ll echo what others have already said, thanks for taking us along on the trip, some great blog posts.

    May 26, 2013
  3. Reblogged this on Bonsai Eejit and commented:
    Some interesting posts over on Nebari Bonsai Blog showing a collecting trip for Junipers.

    May 26, 2013
  4. Reblogged this on Mario's Bonsai and Travel.

    June 9, 2013

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