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posted : 2009.Feb.10 @ 7.46am

Here are some pictures from the past 4 years of treeplanting.

 

1. This first one is on night off my first year,  moments later i lost my camera for 2 weeks.

 

smoke break

 

2. The painting on the wall is of Tom Waits.  It hangs in the Madhouse a bar in Thunder Bay

madhouse

 

3. The building on the right hand side of the photo is the Finlandia labour temple.  Home to the first canadian branch of the IWW.  

 

hoito

 

4.  Fuzzy hats are warm

 

toque

 

5. hanging out in parking lots.  A favourite pass time on day off.

 

day off

 

6.  The door to my hotel room

 

self

 

7.  hanging out on a sun shiney day.

 

at the dock

 

8. lovely van rides

 

in the van

 

9.

 

on the way to breakfast

 

10.  Nothing like riding in the back of a crappy old bus down some dirt roads.

 

in the bus








posted : 2009.Feb.10 @ 8.12am

11. Its always beautiful out in the bush.

 

clouds

 

12. down by the lake singing songs, and drinking beers

 

lake

 

13. The bane of the planting world.

 

dead mosquito

 

14.  A dead truck near Armstrong Ontario

 

truck

 

15. hanging out in Armstrong

 

carrie

 

16.  drying laundry on a dirty fence

 

clothes

 

17. This is where we live.

 

tent city

 

18.  happy in the rain

 

egyptian

 

18.

 rain

 

19.  This is Zach.  He has planted for too long.  this coming season will be his 10th year planting.  He had these hilarious vintage varnet shades that he wore with this ensemble it made him look "special."

 

baggin up

20.  my good buddy nick.  he is a litte worn out in this picture

 

nick








posted : 2009.Feb.10 @ 8.37am

21.  Not all the trees that are planted make it.  This little soldier is an example.  Poor little guy.  the summer he was planted must have been to dry.

 

dead soldier

 

22.  Megs staying out of the rain.

 

meghan

 

23.  This one is for Air.  a pretty little moth I found outside my hotel room on day off.

 

moth

 

24.  jaybot returns with clean laundry.

 

jaybot

 

25.  Its one of the things we do best.

 

sleeping

 

26.  Diggin holes to poop in.

 

poop holes

 

27. another moth macro

 

moth

 

28.  We bought the bike for $5 at a thrift store in Geraldton.  It was a wicked little ride.  The camp was nothing but hills so we would race it around all evening.  I fell off a couple of times.  And yes we did take it off some sweet jumps.

 

bike

 

29.  our lovely cook.

 

cook

 

30.  our lovely quality checker.

 

checker








posted : 2009.Feb.10 @ 8.57am

31.  A happy morning because its not raining.

 

smile

 

32. My lovely crewboss of 3 seasons

 

anya

 

33.  Nick's "scare the rookies" face

 

nick

 

34.  A crazy thunderstorm rolling over the block.  I watched a dead tree explode after it was struck by lightning.  If it wasn't a tremendous downpour i would have tried to snap a photo of the smoldering wreckage.

 

storm

 

35.  Just after the third storm of the day.

 

why

 

36.  A sign we made for one of the crappiest block we planted that year.

 

awesometown

 

37.  This girl can pound. This summer she should have a half million trees planted.

 

lise

 

38. The second nicest piece I have ever planted.  I put 4000 trees into that piece.

 

land

 

39.  yup it snows on us as well.

 

jen

 

40.  She stole my seat.  But she was to cute to get mad at.

 

bailey








posted : 2009.Feb.10 @ 9.22am

41.  I called this the happy rock.  If you look at it  in a funny way it looks like a smiling face.  The "hat" is the only unnatural part about it.  Not sure who put it on there.  Probably some logger or something.

 

rockman

 

42.  In 2008 the company I plant for promoted me to Crewboss.  This is my crew taking a break after finishing a block early.

 

crew

 

43.  My crew and my beloved bus.  It started pouring rain seconds after this picture was taken.

 

bus

 

44.  The rare yet beautiful lady slipper.  This particular specimen is on its last leg.  I hope to find another this spring.

 

lady slipper

 

45.  It is my job to drive a bus all the places a bus should never go.  Sometimes it gets stuck.  Especially when it rains.  we got it out, no big deal, but it took a while and much head scratching.

 

push

 

46.  another crew shot.

 

crew

 

47.  yes it rains a lot hence the garb.

 

shiney

 

48.  packing up camp and heading home.

 

going home

 

49.  I found a broken saw blade in the bush.  It had a lovely resonance when you hit it with blunt objects.  So i strung it up to a post and turned it into a gong.  Treeplanting is usually a gongshow as you can imagine it was the only appropriate thing to do.

 

gongzo

 

 50.  happy planters eager to go home.

 

window

 

 

 

 

 

 








posted : 2009.Feb.10 @ 9.40am

51.  back to 2006

 

waiting

 

52.  A typical happy planter named John

 

john

 

53. sleeping in the crummy

 

sleep

 

54.  Eating in the Weatherhaven

 

tent

 

55.  waiting to see if we are going to plant in the snow

 

wait

 

56.  The most important piece of planter apparell

 

socks

57.  Hanging out in parking lots again

 

football

58.  my buddy mark on a cache break

 

mark

59. Erin the girl.

 

erin

60.  Joel just bagged out.  He was competing with me this day. I kept beating him back to the cache, he was starting to get annoyed.  What can I say I am fast.  At the end of the day I planted an extra hundred trees, just to stay on top.  He was so angry.  Toward the end of the contract he started catching up and we would bag out at the same time.

 

joel








posted : 2009.Feb.10 @ 10.09am

61.  warming up in a truck.

 

bus

 

62. My favourite motel

 

beaver

63. The first bag up of the morning

 

wait

 64.  There is a story behind this picture.  The checker's dog ran off towards the main haul road.  She was so distraught by the fact that her dog could possibly get hit by a truck that she blasted out of the block.  There were a couple of trucks parked on the road and when she swerved to avoid them she dumped the crummy in the ditch.  It sucked it added 2 hours to our day.  We had to call a heavy tow truck to pull it out.  none of the other vehicles were powerful enough.   

 

crummy

 

65.  I made this sculpture my second year planting.  They are old pipes that were lying around our site.  Probably plumbing for a now long gone camp.  As far as I know it is still standing.  Another camp used the site in 2007 and they said it was still there.  It sits at kilometre 81 of the kinghorn just before crossing the Trans-canada railroad

 

art

 

66. gunner

 

gunner

 

67.  Anya's crew my second year.

 

crew

 

68. treeplanters are dirty

 

sign

 

69.  getting ready for work.

 

morning

 

70.  The block caught on fire this day, so we had to pull out.  Not pictured is the helicopter that was flying around for a few hours.  We are equiped with fire supression equipment and had the fire gotten out of control  we would have switched to fire fighting mode.  

 

fire watch








posted : 2009.Feb.10 @ 10.26am

71.  Mr. King on top of the crummy

 

lounging

 

72.  We do have fun out there.

 

party

 

73.  The sky is that colour from smoke.  There was a huge fire burning a few hundred k away.  You could smell it.  It adds a little excitment to the job.

 

smoke

 

74.  The nicest piece I have ever planted.  It burned the year before so there was nothing but soil everywhere.  I planted something like 7000 trees in this piece over the course of 2 days.  It was very nice land.  very nice.  oh so nice.  I hope i get to plant something like this again sometime.

 

nice

 

75.  morning sunrise from the tent.

 

tent

 

76.  This picture was hard to take.  A dragon fly landed on my back and proceeded to eat a horsefly that had been bugging me for hours.  I love dragon flys.  Sometimes they come out in enormous packs.  They show up just when your about to go mad from the flys.  In large packs they sound like helicopters.  I like to hum ride of the Valkeryes whenever they arrive.

 

fly

 

77.  Sometimes we fly to work.  its tonnes of fun.

 

heli

 

 

well thats it for pictures.  Thanks for viewing.  If anyone ever wants to come out planting trees just let me know.  Its a great time, as well as being horrible.

 







    

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