The secret life of trees

She was such a beauty, her many arms curved gracefully to the sky like a dancer. The loveliest tree in the yard at our cabin. Unlike some of the older, taller trees, our scarlet oakĀ seemed very healthy: straight of trunk, and with no fungus or weak spots. I looked forward to many more years of … read more The secret life of trees

Day 52: Abundance

Some of my fellow residents in this wooded mountain community have been concerned about the number of “webs” in the trees this summer. They’re referring to “webworms,” which look like thick masses of spider web but are actually cocoons for a whole nursery of caterpillars. One woman attacked with vigor: She swept and cut them … read more Day 52: Abundance