Thursday, March 3, 2011

Good in Everything ~ A Photo Tour of the Tree Farm

"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything."
As You Like It
Act II. Scene I.
~ William Shakespeare

Take a walk with me, where my plantation is, back to the same old place we long to be. Poplar, cedar, and spruce lined avenues tie together Pine plantations and Black Sturgeon projects where we stroll while dogs leap in jubilation around us. The best trails for tails around, hands down. A delight for the camera as well.

Our tree farm is a Plantation Demonstration and Assessment project, and is part of the Government of Canada's response to "climate change". I believe it's greater response is to beauty. 

The forest floor, a world within a world at our feet. The fungi is fodder for the camera ~ a late summer quest to find them popping up through mulched layers under the trees. I could search the Tree Farm endlessly collecting snapshots for my collection and never run out of unique specimen.

Through fields we roam.

Science and the Forest side by side for miles.
"I frequently tramped eight or ten miles 
through the deepest snow 
to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, 
or a yellow birch, 
or an old acquaintance among the pines."
~ Henry David Thoreau  

Forest regeneration.

Blue Spruce
Norway Spruce
Forest generation.

 Wildflowers for me.
Common Blue -eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium montanum
Orange Hawkweed, Hieracium aurantiacum
Red Clover, Trifolium pratense
Meadow Buttercup, Ranunculus acris
Wildflowers for her.
Claire in a field of Oxeye Daisies Leucanthemum vulgare
Summer Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca) for butterflies,
rose hips in autumn,
 and wild strawberries (Fragaria spp.) for a trailside snack.

The trees reach the heavens,

And provide a haven on earth.

With tree tag addresses
 on rose lined streets.
Rosa canina and Claire
Twenty minutes from home, from the Great Lake
we breathe deep in the conifers.
unquestionable serenity
A murder on a row.
Captivating year round, 
captured by my camera.
Common Fireweed, Chamerion angustifolium
new Tamaracks <3
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