Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
|Another old car decaying in the woods|
I noticed last night the mosquitoes were not as bad. Maybe we've passed the peak season for them. They seemed to be swarming just a week ago. The Eel River is looking pretty low right now too.
I just happened to read an article this morning called "Big Trees" in the July 17, 2014 edition of the North Coast Journal. Part of the article interviews Steve Sillett, professor and Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Ecology at Humboldt State University. The article states:
Sillett made a potentially unpopular statement when the talk turned to bolstering the old forests to withstand climate change. There's talk, he said, of what happens if there's less fog in the future. But actually, he said, there's been a decline in cloud cover for years, and redwoods are thriving.
"With a decline in cloud cover there's a spike in wood production," he said. "Redwoods in Humboldt show wood production that is 40 percent higher now than it's been in the last several hundred years. The most pronounced is in Redwood National Park. ...Why? More light availability. So is that climate change?"
Climate change, in this case anyway, is not a simple "bad" thing, he said. "There's good and bad."
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
As a result, I most likely will not be posting any more pictures of certain individual trees, or naming certain parks, groves, or trails when discoveries are made there. However, after going for a hike yesterday after work, I can't deny that I love trying to take pictures in the redwoods, despite my cheap camera. I enjoy posting those pictures and writing a few sentences about the forest that day. That I will continue to do.
Having said that, I encourage folks everywhere to get out and enjoy their redwood parks, or the trails and parks in whatever bio-region you happen to live in. Yesterday, I was amazed once again, that despite being in the height of the summer, I did not see anyone in the incredible redwood grove I was hiking in. It was the first time I had ever visited this particular spot, and that seems to be what fills me with the most joy: Entering a new grove for the first time. To be honest, the popular, charismatic individual trees and groves I have found usually feel anti-climatic and even disappointing. After all, it's true that it is all about the journey and not the destination. Seeing a new grove for the first time is what I enjoy the best. So, get out there on the trails folks. Having a rough day? Feeling down? Need to blow off a little steam? Head to the trails, they can be medicine...
Saturday, July 5, 2014
I've been feeling very conflicted lately, and for the first time since starting this blog, the muse seems to be suggesting a period of silence. I have a ton of things to share and say but seem to be unable to chart a course forward. I may continue to post from time to time, and I may not, depending on the muse...