Sunday, September 6, 2009

Burl and Mosquitoes

Two things that I did not think of seeing on our trip to Alaska and the Yukon were mosquitoes and burl. Lucky for us most of the mosquitoes are in the early summer and not in August. We did see one the size of a house fly, which lit on Cres. Usually I am the one that mosquitoes go for. This rendering of a mosquito from burl shows the sense of humor that one must have to live in this part of the world. All the rest stops on the road trip were were as appreciated as they were during the Klondike Gold Rush. Also delicious berry pies were baked fresh every day at these lodges.

Burl mosquito at The Moose Creek Lodge, Mayo, Yukon, located between Whitehorse and Dawson City on the North Klondike Highway

A burl is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is caused by some kind of stress in the environment.
Burl figure at The Moose Creek Lodge, Mayo, Yukon

Burl mosquito and bird house stand at The Moose Creek Lodge, Mayo, Yukon

Stack of burl at Burl World beside Mentasta Lodge, Gakona, Alaska

Cres at Burl World looking at a moose antler carving on the top of the cabinet and furniture made from burl.

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