Thursday, July 18, 2019

Swans

swans on a small lake we live on


Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them. Aki had a new attachment to the spotting scope.

Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.
Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.
Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.
Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.
Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.
Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.
Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.
young swam sees Aki taking the picture

swans swimming away

The Swans don't mind us
Photogaphy by
                           Aki Yamamoto

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Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.

Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.
Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.
Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.
Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.
Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.
Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.
Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.
Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.
Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.
Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.
Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Rain and Mushrooms

We took our 4 wheel drive off the road for the summer. Insured our car, It has rained for a month. We haven't been able to get out of the bush for 2 weeks. We're picking a winter supply of mushrooms. A year's supply. We eating a lot of mushrooms.

Flowers
 Fireweed

roots in the sky
Clouds

bolete mushoom
drieing mushrooms
Just a minute, let me get some for lunch.
fireweed growing by a fence
It's just the beginning. Just popping up now.


Aki Yamamoto photographs.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Spring

Telling it with pictures.

fir stump






Cariboo BladesChilcotin sky





muddy road
peices of saw bladesgarden


knife making start
Hand forging

Chilcotin morning
Morning

gardening in the bush
Pea Poles

Custom knife
For sale

On the prowl

photographs taken by Aki Yamamoto

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

What is Bushcraft to Us?



Sitting at the laptop connected via satellite from a cabin in the bush on the edge of the Chilcotin Plateau B.C. Amazing times connection.  Aki is preparing lunch, greens from our bush garden she had dried in the summer, eggs
oyster mushrooms and nky caps
from our chickens, the oyster mushrooms we harvested from the aspen groves, boletes from around the young pines and some pork from a pig raised for us by an organic farmer.


                                                                                 
mushrooms drieing in the sun, sundried for winter

Dried bolete

Food drieing shed
Dried greens

Cowboys came through our place on horseback in the fall looking for stray cattle that roam the bush.
They know a lot about the bush.
There are others in the out there.

There is a lot more to bushcraft from our point of view.  For the past few weeks the temperature has been between -25 and -35 C. We light and keep fires burning. We cook on a wood stove. Heat with a wood stove. The sauna has a wood stove. The shop is heated with a wood stove although any temperature below -15 renders the shop too cold to work in. We have never cut a live tree for firewood.  
Gathering firewoodEver year we suss out standing dead trees. Between the pine beetle and the destruction
the logging industry leaves behind. There is a lot of dry wood. There's no hardwood here so we need at least 5 cords.

Forest fires.



Fire. Then it's Gone, 


sundrieing tomatoes

 In a few weeks we'll start tomato and pepper plants. Grow them close to the wood stove heat. 
Sun dried., canned. Tomatoes make living in the bush easier.










 We have one line coming in from a shallow well. Our cabin has no foundation so an insulated box with a small automobile 12v light keeps the pipe from freezing.


 The outhouse's frozen stalagmite is growing. Got to dig deeper.
Outhouse hole being dug
Judo training


saw blade, chain saw blade and head saw teeth.

Everyday is a challenge living in the bush.






 The craft is in using everything and living by our wits. It's so simple. Easy and hard.










Regards,
Aki and Scott


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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Long December Shadows

living of the grd in the BC bush
Home

Photographs by Aki Yamamoto
 Our 21st winter living in the bush on the edge of the Chilcotin plateau. Every winter has been different.

 mushrooming forage ground
                                                                      Aspen

                                                                    Bulrushes Reaching


Habitat



 Big Fir


 Big Rock


 Big Stump


 Side Road

Room With a View


 Landing


 Landing #2


 Of Volcano



Conference


Woodshed
They left 1 tree
Survivor

Watching

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