Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Day Hikes in Everglades Around Flamingo

We attempted day hikes around the southern ranger station at Flamingo in Everglades National Park.  There were multiple issues going on, some of which are evident in photos:
-  Water flow from Lake Okeechobee has been cut by Big Sugar and there is not enough fresh water flowing down.  See second photo of desiccated ground.
-  Multiple hurricanes have hit the area and inundated with storm surge, killing even salt tolerant plants and leaving seaweed stranded high in the trees.  Evident in second, third and fourth photos.
-  Many trails and facilities are destroyed.
-  There is not enough funding to maintain and repair the park.
-  When we were there the government shutdown meant no services at all.
-  Invasive Burmese Pythons are killing the mammals in the park.

Mangrove roots above.
Regenerating vegetation below.

This was the natural color of the water in 'Snake Bight.'  The trees were still dead there from Hurricane Irma storm surge.

Day Canoeing Everglades, Flamingo

Fairchild Botanical Garden

Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel

Miami - North Beach

Miami Beach Sunset-Sunrise

First, a sunset, looking west from Miami Beach.
Then two sunrises, looking east.

The very last sunrise was actually in the Everglades.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Build It and They Will Come; Finished Just in Time

The next 18 'chapters' document stone landscaping improvements from the beginning of September through the end of November 2017.

When you reach the bottom of each 'page' of posts, look for the button on the lower right that says OLDER POSTS.  Clicking that will bring up the next series.

Although blogs generally go back in time, the next 18 are organized so that you start at the beginning and get an idea of the different sub-projects:

Creating a terrace around fish pond next to carport
dig  trench
build a concrete block wall and stucco it
put in plants and boulders and beds
levelling, non woven geotextile fabric and gravel on top of non-bed areas

Stone Arrangement at street corner, see photo  below

Building steps from street corner up to terrace and around carport

Building a Zen Garden in back of the house
Clearing decks
Digging and constructing an infiltration trench
Stabilize the slope edge
Place smaller limestone  slabs
Testing and visualizing
Place large Wissahickon path slabs
Place large vertical limestone slabs
Delineate planting beds:  plant shrubs and line with cobbles; mulch
Lay non woven geotextile fabric and gravel

Landscape stones were  appreciated by local children.

The stone landscape project finished just in time.  Two days later snow and winter came.

The stones were just a few days earlier the children had been playing.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Transform Your Landscape; Transform Your Life

Peter Jon Snyder, Artganic Design, Bernville PA

" I am very good with people and design.  I know how to make them feel good.
When I create things, afterwards people feel different about
their property,
their friends, 
their lives.
I look at a work project as an exchange of energy.
I bring creativity, craftsmanship, knowledge and hard work.
The client brings their input, dreams, support and appreciation."

Turns out to be true.  Look at these before and after shots:

peter jon snyder images

Stone Project, First Day

First Day at the beginning of September, stones delivered from Rolling Rock.

Peter gets right to work doing what he loves to do, moving boulders, above.
Below, he plots changes, construction, how  to transform the landscape.

Pond Terrace: Clear, Dig Trench for Formers, Build Wall

The area around the carport was sloping and did not have much interest.

Right away, the Norway Spruce was removed and trench dug.

 Formers for concrete foundation.

Concrete block wall.
About a month of work so far.