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Illuminating the Hidden Forest, Chapter 30: For the love of birds

Saturday, 25 Jan 2020 - We’ve noticed some interesting things about the birds, like the sociability of the doves, the devotion of the cardinal pairs, and how the chickadees and tufted titmice pull a single seed through the mesh, then fly to a branch on a large maple tree behind the wire, where they tap the shell against the branch in order to eat the seed inside.

Illuminating the Hidden Forest, Chapter 25: Hibernation

Saturday, 21 Dec 2019 - For me, winter in the Berkshires involves quite a bit of curling up on a window seat in my snug den, maybe with a book in hand, my dog lying on my tummy, looking forward to an afternoon nap and an early bedtime.

Illuminating the Hidden Forest, Chapter 15: On the femininity of trees

Sunday, 13 Oct 2019 - When I encounter a tree in the forest with a gaping hole in its aged trunk or a vine encircling its girth up into the canopy, squeezing out its breath — a tree for one reason or another clinging to life or patiently enduring — that tree, whether it be oak, pine, maple, ash or birch, is always female to me.

Illuminating the Hidden Forest, Chapter 1

Saturday, 15 Jun 2019 - Lily and I discovered the big, messy, seething forest that lies behind the few houses that dot our road. I’m talking about hundreds of acres of forest connected to thousands and hundreds of thousands of acres of forest stretching northward through Vermont, into Canada, beyond the Yukon, and clear to the North Pole.