"Picture location 'Y' - looking 'X'. all light green growth is aspen suckering from this summer. I was was wll pleased to see brush and tops down well close to the ground and already showing deterioration, and very pleased with new growth volume."
I don't have an exact date for these pictures, but we can peg the date pretty closely. They were circulated among the family along with pictures of Sid and Anne visiting lil' camp dated 10/04/94.
It is clearly fall with color slightly past prime. Sid is discussing the growth since the 93/94 clear cut harvest of the poplar on the south forty, and is anticipating a selective cut already marked but not yet out for bid - it is a safe bet that they were taken mid-October 1994.
Hand written comments found on the back of the pictures are transcribed below each pic.
"This is an example of the growth this summer of the aspen regeneration. as you can see, this area has growth well above Anne's head - No I didn't spend all day digging a hole for her. Like she says "I'm short." - Serious! Anne standing actual height."
"Start at one of the trips to 5-40's. Don't have to shuttle boots back and forth around beaver dam with this toy."
Hand drawn map shows trail followed, area clear cut, and area marked for selective cut.
"Picture taken from (X) Anne location (Y)"
"Caution - This is typical aspen clear cut - Canopy must be removed for new growth suckers."
Sid was clearly concerned about how these pictures might look to his tree-hugging city-slicker siblings nephews and nieces.
"Location - Picture taken from X looking Y"
"Just another view"
"Typical yellow birch orange mark on tree is showing to be cut this harvest. There is a similar paint mark lower on tree. This show at harvest on the log and after on the stump that it was to be cut. All trees to be harvested are marked as such. Looks like a very conservative selective cut will be planned."Perhaps it was a bit too conservative. There were to be no bids for the selective cut as marked.