Our Country Friday Funny Photography snapshot for October 24, 2014 was sent to us by Ted Rose of North Manchester, Indiana. Keep an eye on that duck, pup!
Story and photo by Dan Blackburn
The White Mountains on California’s eastern edge are home to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, site of the world’s oldest living trees.
These trees, some of which are more than 4,000 years old, were growing when Ptolemy ruled Egypt. The oldest of them—aptly named Methuselah—has been here for over 4,700 years.
I have hiked and skied among these trees and camped beneath their branches. Their age-wrinkled bark and twisted limbs have sheltered me from the storms that sweep across these rarely visited mountains. In winter the temperature can drop below zero, and in summer the heat of the sun bakes like an oven. But the trees seem impervious.
As you walk among these oldest living trees, the sense of antiquity literally surrounds you. It seems as though ancient voices are whispering in your ears. Their words may be muffled, but the ages of time embrace you.
How to transfer a 12” quilt block to an 8’ x 8’ board (actually two 4’ x 8’ sheets of plywood):
- Measure each section of the quilt block and multiply by 8.
- For a simple nine-patch quilt, each section will measure 4” on the 12” block, 4” x 8 = 32” on the 8’ plywood square. 32” x 3 = 96” or 8 ‘)
- For a more complicated quilt block, copy the pattern onto a 6 inch square of 1Ž4 inch graph paper (24 squares x 24 squares). Each square of the graph paper is equal to 4 inches on an 8’ square of plywood. Transfer your graph paper grid and pattern to the plywood square.
Be sure to read our story about a barn quilt-raising in Wisconsin!