A few weeks ago, I took photos all over our newly acquired land to have good documentation for the future. In the coming years, we will no doubt re-envision this place, build new infrastructure, shape the land, and introduce new plants and animals. It’s exciting to think about tapping into the potential of this land, and restoring more vigor and vitality.
Let’s be clear here… The land ain’t “perfect”, and what land really is anyway? (Perfect is such a loaded word…) The soil could use a lot of help, for one. It’s degraded, and the topsoil is nothing to write home about. That’s probably true in most place these days. The woods have been logged most definitely in my lifetime, and unfortunately, former land owners have used them as a dumping ground for all manner of trash. Kudzu flanks a big swath of the edge of one section of woods. Some of the fields are an unmanaged hot mess as far as succession goes. There’s at least two decaying structures that need to be dismantled and dealt with.
Despite that, there is plenty of beauty here and there’s loads of potential for restoration.The sun shines brightly from the south all over the land for much of the day. Water is abundant in the form of springs and rainfall. The breeze is just wonderful during parts of the day, and the sheltering effect of the trees lends privacy, protection from harsh weather, and all manner of positive benefits. Just over the past two days, many bees have been buzzing wildly in patches of wildflowers in the pasture.
These photos will be useful in the coming years as a reference point — here’s what we started with, and here’s where we are now. If we’re on the right track, we have the capability to enhance the beauty and vitality of this place. That’s the ultimate, and most rewarding goal.
Perhaps five, ten, fifteen years from now, I’ll be able to look at these same locations, and do a side-by-side… and see that the health of the land has been on a wonderful uptick.
If you’d like to see photos of the land in its current state, view my album here.