BRINGING TOGETHER

Eagles are doing well. We see the mated pair that live on the cape nearly every morning.

Gary complained I had not posted. It is barely raining a little drizzle, there is sand, and we will have our walk. Lately, we find we cannot get more than a mile north because Shark Creek’s runoff is too high for us to cross, but we will go out as soon as there is light. Gary is dressing in the dark, and I will have a last sip of coffee. Neither of us have yet been vaccinated and we miss our family.

In the mean time, like so many others, we listen to music and hope for comfort, conversation, and more communal days.

Aldine ISD | Black History Month Celebration Concert

Both our sons were musical in school—the older in Band, the younger in Choir. As a result, we have paid particular attention to such events. During the pandemic, I have enjoyed many virtual choirs and concerts, amazed that someone sat in front of a screen and brought voices and violins together.

Have I mentioned BLM? Forgive the oversight. Black Lives Matter needs to be repeated because some people think only lives like their own matter, that people who are different in choices or wealth or inclination or circumstance are not unimportant but less. BLM because people of color suffer police violence and financial and medical discrimination disproportionately to white Americans. Of course all lives matter, but Black lives are equally deserving. “All things being equal” as aspiration in life, truth in theory. That’s why the slogan. A reminder.

I look forward to picnics with neighbors, perhaps our grandchildren here at Christmas. Our youngest granddaughter was prompted by her father to say on the phone the other day: “Ten more months till Christmas!” It occurs to me that it is not too late to finally learn to play the recorder. It is not too late to finally finish reading Jazz. I will never see Guadi’s cathedral or Hagia Sophia, but I hope to visit the Farmers Market in Portland, take walks in a park, hug my sons and their families.

I want to sit in woods I do not know and sing to trees.

I do know this tree. It sits on a neighbor’s property and I hope that the reason he has cleared brush from around its base is not because he means to take it down. A spruce this size is hundreds of years old.

11 thoughts on “BRINGING TOGETHER

  1. I loved The Overstory ! I think of it often as I ramble through the woods of Edmonds or look out in my back yard at the 3 tall pines in our backyard.

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  2. I have recently started appreciating a tree, a cedar that I walk by at least once a week. I feel compelled to touch it as I walk by.
    Probably you can see your grandchildren this summer!

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  3. I know the story behind that Sitka because when I noticed it that way, I became alarmed and asked about it. Ivy was growing on every tree and there was no concern about doing anything about it. A neighbor said it would be good exercise to remove it so he removed the ivy (with permission) from every tree on the entire property into one huge pile. This will add to the longevity of those sitkas and alder. What I would like to know is that on that particular tree in your photo, was there salal there along with the ivy? When I started to remove the salal away from the trunks of my sitkas, I realized I was doing some damage and stopped. Talking with an arborist later, I learned that there is a symbiotic relationship with Sitkas and Salal, and not to remove it. My concern with the tree with that gaping hole, is will there be any future damage with an exposed hole like that caused by the removal of salal.

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    • Thank you, Mary Jo. Like you, I think, I love the salal. ❤ Thank you for filling in—how good of the neighbor! ❤ I noticed the wood behind (east) had been cleared out of understory. Was there salal under those trees before? Gary says there was not, but I hope and expect it will come back further back. I think that tree will do fine, though all the sitka suffer from being isolated. They are meant to be in forest, not set apart as solitary specimens. Every time I see them thinning trees it feels like we are bleeding forest.

      Ivy is somewhat toxic to other plants and removing it can damage the bark it attaches to because its anchors tear off bark when it’s pulled fear. This is why the approach to ivy is often simply to cut it around trees and then only remove what is on the ground.

      Gary is on non-stop ivy patrol. He removes all the ivy and blackberry sprouts he finds in the garden. It’s heavily into the hedge, but Gary keeps as much as he can manage of the salal ivy-free.

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      • In this small area of the neighborhood three Sitka trees have been cut down this last summer. One was dangerous and the others because the owners wanted a better view. Two years ago I planted two, one died, bought another but gave it away, so will buy and plant again soon.

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