What rolls down stairs
alone or in pairs,
and over your neighbor’s dog?
What’s great for a snack,
And fits on your back?
It’s log, log, log

It’s log, it’s log,
It’s big, it’s heavy, it’s wood.
It’s log, it’s log, it’s better than bad, it’s good.”

Everyone wants a log
You’re gonna love it, log
Come on and get your log
Everyone needs a log
log log log

Hopefully, no one remembers this. Anyway, vegetation management has become something of a priority recently, and has been generating a bit of firewood.

1. LOG! From Blammo! Actually, this one is from a bigleaf maple, Acer macrophyllum. It is an exemplary specimen, artfully displayed against a backdrop of sawdust scattered over asphalt.

2. Pseudotsuga menziesii, Douglas fir is cruddy firewood that can ruin carpet inside a car if moved while green and sappy, but most was gone by the time I got this picture. It is all gone now.

3. (Notho)lithocarpus densiflorus, tanoak is much better firewood. It is also my least favorite of native trees here. It smells like bad salami while in bloom, and produces irritating tomentum.

4. Ligustrum japonicum, waxleaf privet is not native. It was likely a remnant of a prehistoric landscape, rather than self sown. The few logs are nothing to brag about, but will burn like olive.

5. Umbellularia californica, California bay was claimed before it was stacked, so was outfitted with a sign that read, “This bay is not free. (This ain’t FREEBAY!) LOL – LOL”. It smell badly!

6. Acer macrophyllum, bigleaf maple, according to the sign, is for Aunt Jemima. It is one of my favorite native species, but is notably uncommon, so I am none too keen on cutting any down.

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:

https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/

20 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: LOG!

  1. Firelogs are certainly a big part of the American scene – in the country, I suppose, where firewood is available and nowadays, there is more available that you would wish. At least you will be warm over the winter.

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    1. Firewood is a sore subject here. Fireplaces are illegal in new construction. It is difficult or impossible to get permits to repair fireplaces that get damaged by earthquakes. It is getting to be illegal to cut down trees. (Much of my former work involved inspecting trees for removal permits.) The main reason that the fires here are so devastating is that the forests were not managed after clear cut harvest more than a century ago. It is getting to be illegal to make our own property less combustible!

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      1. It is understandable that these regulations would be introduced as the fires lead to such destruction. Nonetheless, they are an imposition on what might be considered normal life.

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      2. These regulations were introduced to decrease air pollution, not because of the associated fire hazard. Forest fires are started mostly by lightning and electrical transmission cables. However, no one wants to outlaw either lightning or electricity. Fireplaces are in use during winter, after fire season. I can not remember any forest fire that was started by a fire in a fireplace or stove, although I happen to remember one that was started by someone burning debris . . . in the middle of summer. Anyway, there are so few fireplaces remaining in the Santa Clara Valley, and wood is so scarce without the orchards, that if all of us who wanted to use our fireplaces and stoves did so, it would not create much pollution at all. If we were really concerned about pollution and the environment within the Santa Clara Valley (but not anyplace else), we would evict the million or so people who migrated here.

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    1. The firewood was kept separate for those who preferred particular types. Even though there was only a few logs of privet, it was kept separate from the rest. Someone took all of the tanoak, but the rest was just mixed together. I doubt that anyone will appreciate the privet. I prefer the maple, but it is rare.

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    1. I think that it was collectively not much more than half a cord.
      Bad salami is not really spoiled any more than sour cream or wine. It just smells . . . weird and moldy.

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  2. I am SO happy not to have to use firewood for heating! I did that for one really long, long winter in Lake Almanor. Get a permit, drive out into the forest, find a dead tree, cut it down, trim the branches and spread them around to look better (it was required not to just leave a pile), load it up, unload it, split it, carry it into the house… And, yes, it was often sticky.
    I don’t even have a fireplace now, and I very, very happy!
    How would you know if salami is spoiled? It already has mold on the skin! Maybe Tony doesn’t like salami. In Portland, OR there is a (probably more than one, it is Portland after all) charcuterie, which apparently is a salami restaurant. My daughter told me she thought she didn’t like salami, but after eating there she found she does!

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    1. Bad salami is not necessarily spoiled. In fact, it may not even be bad. Some of the best smells the worst. I really like salami. Most people of Italian descent do. (Although I dislike wine.) However, I do not like it hanging in my kitchen for too long.

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    1. Poplar is rather perishable. That was what I grew for firewood at my mother’s home, because it grew fast enough to provide a good volume of wood in a limited space. One tree could get cut down in spring, or even earlier, left to season through summer, and be ready for winter. However, what did not get burned needed to be stored dry so that it did not rot before the following winter.

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