Day 11: Earthquakes
good day. Kathy went tree coring with me this morning, which was really
good, especially when it came to removing stuck cores. The whole lot of
us has arm-wrestled before. Kathy beat everyone but one of the cameraman,
quite impressive. Between the two of us, we almost pulled the cores out
of the trees.
Drew had fun taking
footage. He just kept the camera going with a smile on his face.
This type of forest
is quite rare, even in New Zealand, as most of it has been cut for agricultural
(ranching) land. The interesting bit is that if there is another earthquake
in the next hundred years or more, most of the paddock/grazing land in
this entire area is likely to be under gravel and rock anyway. Hopefully,
there will be enough seed stock for colonization to begin from scratch
again. I wonder what birds do in an earthquake...
couldn't believe how little time it took to sand and count yesterday's
cores. We have decent equipment this year. It makes all the difference.
A day like today also emphasizes that this is a team project. We are all
working to show how science is done, that it is an active process of experimentation,
not a recipe in a book. I think this program is doing this well and
easily. Oh, what a joy!
Another nice piece
is that email and phone contact is readily accessible. I'm not much
for the phone, even at home. It is nice to pop out an email to family
in the evening if we get home before the place shuts. I've found
out that my mom has taken to my little dog, which is really comforting
as my parents are keeping little Abby for six weeks. I didn't want
her to drive them crazy. Another wonderful thing is that it has rained
in St. Louis, so my yard, which I planted in mostly native prairie and
wildflowers with the neighborhood kids and advice from Shaw Nature Reserve,
is dripping with blossoms. It has turned out to be an amazing first year
garden. I never expected this much growth. I hope the kids who helped
collect seed and plants are happy about it too.
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