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I spent the winter (December 23, 2012 - March 28, 2013) at our Bush camp / cabin off the grid. Although I was up every night putting wood on the fire around 1:00 AM there were no displays worth going out to photograph. Then on the early morning of March 18, at 3:00 AM and -14 degrees the poop hit the fan and I was ready.







All together I shot about 80 exposures. After a while I loaded my bag and tripod on the snowmachine and drove the half mile through our woods to the big flats to the north east. Once I got back there I had time to try different lens's as the show got its second wind.



Although the Sigma 50 mm f-2.8 gave truer resolution and better color I went back to the slower 10 - 20 mm f-4 to 4.5 for the field of view.


At least once a year I'm in the right place at the right time with a tripod and a bag full of lens's and such. This made a fine topper for my stay in the Bush country.

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Hi,

It's been awhile since I visited the forum, I got an e-mail telling me that there was an update to a thread I had subscribed so I stopped over. I figured someone would like those.
 

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Hi. Ard!

Good to see you back here.

Those beautiful pictures!

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Hi Tom,

I have been busy with multiple irons in the fire I have not been riding much except basic errands around town when I'm home. The bike will last until I'm too old to ride anymore at this rate. I've been working on our cabin which as you may recall is some 75+ miles off road. The distance varies depending on whether I drive a snowmachine or a boat there. I started a guiding business and will use the cabin as an outfitting base camp by next season. I spent the past 3 months out there doing interior finish work and clearing trees from the lake shore.

Here's some copy on the winter work,

Boss went along because he won't survive 3 months without his friend (me). Nancy came out 4 times for 5 days each stay, she has a new Scandik Superwide and likes the ride.

The adventure was all about work. The cabin looks great from the outside...............


however, the interior has never been finished. Between fighting off the bush every summer trying to create a good clearing and cutting firewood every winter there has never seemed to be time to get serious about the interior. Essentially our downstairs is one large room, 24 X 24' and the loft is a 24 X 16. I spent some time framing up an indoor privy room for those -30* mornings when an outhouse just doesn't appeal very well and partitioned off a sitting area. Over the spring and summer I'll wire it for 4 overhead lights and a ceiling fan way up in the peak of the front gable. I also strung floor joists for a bridge 8' X 12' that extends from the loft to those front windows up under the gable in front. This will make a spot for a couple nice chairs and a good place to watch for the Aurora at night.

All of that went pretty quickly, then came the outdoor work. We have 650' of shoreline but it has been pretty much covered with large birch and spruce trees since the place went up. I'm talking lots of trees in the 20 - 30" base size along with plenty of small alder and willow spread among the young birch. The trees present a 2 fold problem, first they block sun & a good view of the lake, secondly they acted as a wind break from the breezes that often move over the lake. No breeze = a great environment for mosquitoes! I've traveled, camped, and fished from Newfoundland to Alaska and never have I seen so many mosquitoes! They make summer not so fun.

So I spent 5 weeks cutting trees and hauling them in either firewood size logs 22 - 24" length or taking the spruce trees in pole length between 10 & 16' logs for use as construction logs. Over the 5 weeks I cut and hauled over 50 large trees. My little Tundra 550 long track got a real workout but it hauled even the largest spruce logs up the hill to the stack. Oh, I forgot to mention that all this cutting took place on a slope / hill that leads down to the lake shore and in 4' of snow. Because of the snow much of this work was done while wearing snowshoes.

I'll upload some pictures of the logging operation and post them. If I live long enough I want to use the cabin as a base camp for fishing trips to the upper reaches of the local rivers. By launching from the cabin you can easily get yourself 100 miles from the nearest boat launch and that cuts the crowd significantly........

These pictures will help to show how the shore is now cleared. I should have done a before & after but it didn't occur to me to do that.

The area on the left of the picture was cleared first, then we got about 20" of fresh snow so it looks pretty clean. To the right, this was the last area I cut.


Each tree had to be dug out to the ground leastwise you end up with a forest of 6' stumps when the snow melts.


The saw has a 25" bar on it and for some of the trees it was not enough to make it in one cut.........


I ended up with a wood pile 22' long - 6' high - and 10' wide. There are also a huge batch stowed under the cabin until I split them in spring.


I got enough pole logs to start another cabin but they will make the upright framing for the 'New & Large Woodshed'


By the time I can break out a Spey rod and go fishing I will have earned it I guess :)

I will come back and bump the thread with more photos one of these days.

That shot from out on the lake shows a very denuded shoreline. I am not sure how many trees I took off of there but I worked on it for 5 weeks. I will not have to worry about fire wood for years.
 

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Ard, you lazy bastard, I was just thinking about you two nights ago when I was fishing. How you been asides from laze-assing and playing mumbletypeg with strangers in saloons? ;)
 

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Oh yeah, those pictures are real pretty. Bought to hit the sack, glad that's the last thing I saw. Thanks. :)
 

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You gotta read the whole thread before posting.......................... then you'll know what I've been up to

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good looking cabin you got there, i grew up in a cabin and worked and built them by hand for many years, i also used to live in norther mn/wi so i know all about the -30 crap. thats why i moved as far south as i could. now i ride all year. anyway, come back more often for updates will ya?
 

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Hi Scrapper,

I ride all year here, KLR when the snow melts and a Tundra 550 F Long Track the rest of the year :desismiley:

We're getting snow today, weather says 15" :ashamed0001:
 

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good looking cabin you got there, i grew up in a cabin and worked and built them by hand for many years, i also used to live in norther mn/wi so i know all about the -30 crap. thats why i moved as far south as i could. now i ride all year. anyway, come back more often for updates will ya?
Hi Scrapper,

I finished the ceiling on the second floor and the gable walls this winter. last year I re insulated and was able to enjoy 68* in the mornings when it was -26 outside, first time since the logs were stacked for that.



This is the front wall, there is a bridge from the loft out to those windows to make a sitting area for watching the Aurora on winter nights. I will be putting railings around the whole second floor as soon as the ice goes out.


All the materials are there, I got a new freight sled this year to haul things in with. The place is 75 miles off road.

These are freight sleds;


The one with the 2 drums of gas and the large package is mine, I pull that with a Skandic Super Wide. Sleds will haul five 55 gallon barrels of fuel if you want to pull the weight.

Ard
 
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