1. My Story
Well, this is it! Thanks for reading. I’m Zack DeAngelis, the creator of Tree Journey. People usually say thanks at the END of their paragraph, but we’re already this deep in so we’re going to leave it 🙂
I grew up in an area of Upstate, NY, where three things are ultra common; apples, wildlife, and trees. At our family property in New York, we have over 35 types of trees residing in the surrounding woodland, in addition to a 1.5 acre bass pond built by my Mother and Father.
2. Living With Trees
This shot above is the backyard of our family home. The big empty field get hayed each year, where the hay goes to feed local farmers livestock.
To be quite honest, just growing up back here has given me such an aspiration for loving nature and all things trees.
Trees are quite beautiful, and last hundreds, and hundreds of years. It’s a blessing to be able to get up and look outside at nature each and every day.
Our family dog, Vito, loves to run the fields and more importantly, the trails that have been bushwhacked by the tractor in the woods.
3. My Firewood Journey
In the early days of the house, my parents installed a wood furnace to heat the home, as it’s more natural and efficient than burning gas. Growing up, my dad and I would roam the woods and look for trees that were well beyond their best years.
We’d chop them down, load the large logs up on our rickety old wood trailer, and take them back to the wood stove where we’d break out the wood splitter we borrowed from grandpa and get to work.
Lots of sweat, sweat flies, and splinters there.
I’ve also been quoted in in popular outlets like Homes And Gardens and Gardeningetc, as well as being used as a reference by wikiHow for some pest repelling research on our sister site.
4. Types of Trees In Our Yard
Okay, REALLY getting into it here. Below is a full list of the trees on our property, complete with a whole bunch of pictures for your viewing pleasure. So, without further ado!