July through September, 2012

The thing to note in this picture is the brownish tinge on many trees in the background. The mild Winter and Spring has resulted in the return of the Spruce Budworm; the budworm moth attacks our Douglas Fir in addition to Spruce. While the brown is unsightly, is it not yet to the level we saw in 2006. If the attack continues a few more years, we may start to see significant die-off of trees. On the other hand, the trees can recover quickly if the weather cooperates. The Spruce Budworm is not to be confused with the Pine Bark Beetle, which we also have and which can kill pine trees in a matter of months. However, we only have a few pines on our property.