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Parts South

Two weeks ago this morning I was in high clover--among vegetation and birdlife unlike anything around here, that's for sure. Sarasota is another world, and on a beautiful balmy morning surrounded by herons and ibises and spoonbills and ducks and... It was really the first time I've been able to use the long-lens function of the camera I got only last August. So here's a gallery of images in a slide show. Or click them individually at the gallery link here. 

What’s a Forest For?

Part Two of a four-part series on Forests' Future, published in Floyd Press starting March 30.

What goes missing when a clearcut takes everything away from our ridges, slopes or valleys?

Extensive and prolonged logging so close to home was not just a personal concern. It was a community matter, too. Taking away the forest cover over many acres of steep mountain land impacts drinking water—if not mine, then a neighbor’s. Our valley floor's residential wells may draw some or much of their volume from the fractured rock under the adjacent deforested and herbicide-sprayed acreage.

Understandably, it disturbed me … Continue Reading ››

When Our Forests Disappear

This is the first part of a four part series in the Floyd Press, first installment in this week's edition. -- FBF When the oak leaves fell from November trees along the crest above the house, we were shocked to discover that the rounded ridge beyond and above us was now as smooth as a baby's bottom against the northern sky. The south-facing flank of Lick Ridge had been clearcut. The sight alarmed and upset me--and not just because the aftermath of a clearcut is unspeakably ugly. The intended future for that cleared ridge long after we're gone from here is not that … Continue Reading ››

Flights of Fancy

We will, overriding our former determination to never again leave the ground, fly off in the not too distant future, to a somewhat far-off landscape that is not the mountains. I will have  window -seat neck pain, of course, and this time, Walter Mitty, famous world explorer, will have something like the tool of his dreams in his sweaty little hands: the iphone app called Flyover Country. This Mapping App Makes Flying Way More Fun | Outside Online   https://www.outsideonline.com/2094356/mapping-app-makes-flying-way-more-fun I'm lead to believe that it is not all it might someday become. I had thought, and I was wrong, that you could plug in … Continue Reading ››

Forest Is…

forest ridge in morning sun
Click the image to enlarge and read some details about the photograph and the photographer
Forest: a bunch of trees. A product. A profit source for shareholders. A place where something useful might be built. Forest: a living community of interconnected lifeforms, above and below ground, that breathes oxygen, captures and stores CO2, communicates across distance and shares nutrients within a community of tethered trees and shrubs; an evolving habitat and nutrient-rich shelter for birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians; a generator of topsoil and sponge for … Continue Reading ››