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


View from the repeater tower (2)- Bruce Witzel photo



Waterfall at the neighbours! Dec. 31, 2010 - bruce witzel photo (2)


View of Northern Vancouver Island (2) - Bruce Witzel photo



Prayer flags (2) - bruce witzel photo


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.

John Muir


Northern Vancouver Island Storm (2) Dec. 9, 2014 - bruce witzel



Vancouver Island Lake on a calm day, with red alder trees in bloom - bruce witzel photo



Keith @ Old Growth trail2b


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?


Annie Dillard


Prayer flags at the lake (2), Feb. 26, 2017 - bruce witzel photo



Spruce Bay old growth forest, April 10, 2010 - bruce witzel photo



Waterfall in the forest, Dec. 31, 2013 time exposure zoomed  - bruce witzel photo (4)


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


    • Your welcome Rosaliene. The first two inspiring quotes (Muir and Dilliard) I found in Fr. Charles Brandt’s little book, Meditations from the Wilderness. Hopefully, humanity begins to value the forests for more than a mere commodity.

    • Thanks Abrie.. Vancouver rain is like a picnic in the park compared to the rain we have here on the west coast of Vancouver Island 🙂 Still, Vancouver is certainly wet too! It’s interesting that on the east coast of Vancouver Island, what we know as the Gulf Islands, rainfall is in the annual range of only 30″ per year.

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