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Black tree in the gray woods

Black tree


Black sheep to Americans or white crow to Russians.  Neither is quite like its neighbors.

Perhaps every homesteader is a black tree in the gray woods?



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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Beautiful scene. Captures the feel of the woods. Save these scenes. But another time maybe check out the black tree, to find out why. Tho the mystery is the meaning, in this shot.
Comment by adrianne Wed Jan 15 15:35:32 2014
Mom --- I'm pretty sure the black is due to the tree leaking sugars where a sapsucker drilled, and then dark fungi growing on those sugars. Probably more fun as a mystery, huh? :-)
Comment by anna Wed Jan 15 15:43:40 2014
Thank you for this.
Comment by Aggie Fri Jan 17 06:15:25 2014





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