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More Photos from Bets Giddings's Album - nhpeacenik
More Photos from Bets Giddings's Album
Here are a few more photos from my mother's album. some are from a Summer spent with her family at Buffalo Creek, Colorado, where her family had (and our Warner/Johnson relatives still have) some summer cottages and teepee sites. Two seem to be from her older sister Mona's high school graduation (Bets is on the right, and that might either be Mona or a boyfriend on the left.

Bets pulling a heavy load  of pitch knots in Buffalo Creek

Bets pulling a heavy load of pitch knots in Buffalo Creek
Bets Pulling a heavy load of pitch-knots for the bonfire in Buffalo Creek

Bets at Mona's HS Graduation 1
Seems to be a posed picture at the time of Mona's High School graduation.

Another in the graduation series


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Current Music: Peggy Seeger, On This Very Day

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redmarshgrass From: redmarshgrass Date: April 21st, 2009 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I love old photos and old footage! What are pitchknots?
nhpeacenik From: nhpeacenik Date: April 21st, 2009 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)
A pitchknot is a bent part of a conifer where branches come out from the main trunk. When branches fall to the ground (and lots of them do in Colorado), you can saw off the straight part of the branch, which is usually starting to rot, and burn the pitchknot. The sap collects at the junction of the branch, making it more like a solid lump of pitch than like a chunk of wood. It's easy to light; the pitch melts and acts as a liquid fuel. When it burns, it burns hot, gives off lots of sparks (like fireworks sometimes), and sets the greener branches near it ablaze. the knots from pinon pines smell especially wonderful (a little like sandalwood) and were used by the Native Americans to make a form of incense. It's just the opposite of the kind of wood you want in a fireplace or woodstove, and it is downright dangerous in forest-fire season, but it is perfect for a spectacular bonfire that you can sing around late into the night.
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