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.
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 ››
I won't wax poetic with my own AHA realizations from the maps depicted on this page. There was a time when I would have, so count yourselves lucky.
Images by Hungarian cartographer Robert Szucs, depicted at:
These may be the prettiest maps you'll ever see | MNN - Mother Nature Network
I realize, after dozens of geography and cartography-related posts over the years, that not many of you find the fascination or enjoy the understanding that can come from simply pouring oneself into the details of a particular terrain.
These beautiful maps isolate river drainages … Continue Reading ››
Some Fragments readers might have read my Facebook post last week, where I expressed no surprise but disappointment that a nature hike was offered at the County Fair, and response was predictably underwhelming.
Some might have thought I was whining out of bruised ego that my offered time was ignored. But no. What lies at … Continue Reading ››
It's a lovely word: beholding.
It expresses seeing beyond the mere perception of light and color, comprehending the deeper realities of the thing seen. It obliges the beholder to a deeper level of discernment than the casual onlooker.
It is a central theme to what I am attempting to say now in what might someday be my third book. The notion of beholding just cropped up above the horizon of awareness again this morning, reading a piece that resonates with my own hopes to behold the ecology of Goose Creek and tell that story to others.
The "reflection for Earth Day" is authored by … Continue Reading ››
The last movie of the SustainFloyd spring film series will come from Naomi Klein's book "This Changes Everything."
Doors open at the Floyd Country Store at 6:00 on May 11 for the potluck (bring your own plates and utensils please) and the film will start soon after 6:30.
From the dozens the SustainFloyd has shown over the past 7 years, this film promises to be one with perhaps the greatest consequence. As the documentary suggests, the choices we make this decade as a species with regard to that abstraction we glibly dismiss as "the environment" will determine … Continue Reading ››
Photos and Front Porch Musing from Floyd County Virginia