DENSE FORESTS of CANADA’S WEST COAST
Our abode is the dense temperate rainforest of Vancouver Island. Here the rainfall averages 135 inches per year. Canada’s west coast is also the wet coast. The forest loves the rain . . . and the sun too.
How do trees and soil and relate to the ecology of our lives? Humus, human and humility are connected – each from the same Latin root word. Annie Dillard, John Muir and Franklin D. Roosevelt help us understand . . .
Cheers ~ Bruce
We all travel the milky way together, trees and (people); but it never occurred to me until this stormday, while swinging in the wind, that trees are travelers in the ordinary sense. They make many journeys, not extensive ones, it is true; but our own little journeys, away and back again, our little more than tree wavings – many of them not so much.
The present of our life looks different under trees. Trees have dominion . . . Trees do not accumulate life, but deadwood like a thickening quote of mail . . .
We run around these obelisk-creatures, teetering on our soft, small feet. We are out on a jaunt, picknicking, fattening like puppies for our death.
Shall I carve a name on this trunk? What if I fell in the forest: Would a tree hear?
A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. Forest are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.
Franklin D. Roosevelt