A transplanted Southern Californian living in North Dakota Idaho, with some insights on life with deaf dogs, a gluten free spouse, and the occasional mischievous garden gnome. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Leaf Machine

It has been an absolutely beautiful fall here in North Dakota.  Warm pleasant days and cool nights have abounded and there hasn't even been much of a frost yet (I actually have to get out in the garden and harvest tomatoes today).  But even though it has been a warm fall, the trees have shed most of their leaves and littered the ground with their arboreal remnants.  Not to fear though, with a little raking from Alycia and I and the help of the leaf vacuum machine from the city, leaves disappear like soda through a straw. 
This is the leaf machine (in yellow) attached to a dump truck in front of our house.  There is a crew of four rakers/vacuumers who follow along and assist with the process. You're required to rake the leaves into piles on the front berm and then - Viola!!! they magically disappear.
The leaves get sucked up through the black tube on the left (and then I think they get shredded) before being propelled through the horizontal tube on top and into the dump truck.  It's an entertaining process to watch, though admittedly I had to shoot these pictures from the front porch rather surreptitiously so I wouldn't look like a weirdo taking pictures of the leaf vacuuming workers. 

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