Part of the driveway and the land to the of it, showing the builder's sign.
Left side of driveway before clearing, July 11 '09
Steve with his new toy, the saw-blade weed-whacker, clearing the left side of the driveway, July 111
Same side, done, July 11.
Right side of the driveway, untouched, July 14 '09
Same view as previous pic, 3 hours later
Same view July 22, cleared as far as the house site.
Superman did it. As if....
Driveway with house site in extreme distance. There's water just beyond where you can see. July 22.
Next 5: Clearing the protected wetlands near the house. (This isthe "before" pic.) We can clear as much as we want as long as we don't dig anything up or kill anything. We hope to get the big bushes down and encourage growth of ferns, cat-tails, and native lilies.
Mucking around among the cypress knees.
Cypresses. Two of many on our waterfront.
Footprints in the mud.
The "after"picture. Got this much done today, 8/6/09. House foundation now clearly visible through the trees.
10/9/09: The last trailer load!
10/9/09: We're done! Steve the conquering hero atop the final load of the final dump run.
12/18/09: it's all about the view. The water has finally receded enough for us to walk on the "beach" (mud) and start cutting down the tall weeds. Two views of the part to be tacked today.
An old pine tree sucked to death by Virginia creeper, which is now also dead since it sustenance came from its host.
The pine bark wants to fall but it remains in the embrace of the fatal creeper. Like Barbry Ellen and Sweet William, they embrace in death.
We have achieved a view!
1/4/10: Other side of the pier. before
1/4/10: other side of the pier, after
1/4/10: our goal. All those myrtles on that point of land blocking the view to the river. Should get to that tomorrow. This picture is taken from the boat dock. We want to be able to sit on the dock and look out to the river.
1/5/10: making progress. you can see the water off that side of the pier now.
1/5/10: The point blocking the view to the river is almost clear.
1/5/10: You can actually see the water from the front of the house now!
1/6/10: see 1/4/10: the goal....mission accomplished. We can now stand on our pier and see out to the river.
1/6/10: new view from the beginning of the pier. When it warms up this landscape will be filled with water and native plants like cattails, irises and hibiscus.
1/6/10: looking inland at what's usually hidden under a few feet of water.
1/6/10: note all the downed trees.
1/7/10: the entire waterfront has been reduced to these piles, waiting to be burned.
1/7/10: the new view south, towards the head of the creek.
1/7/10: This and the next two: views from the guest room balcomy
1/20/10: Two piles of brush to be burned, before.
1/20./10: Same piles, 3 hours later.
1/20/10: And one to go.
1/21/10: The last brush fire, Ever. (We hope!)
1/21/10: View of the cleared waterfront from great room. Mission accomplshed.