A biography of trees

June 26, 2012

Forest Through The Trees oak

I have been surveying the woods around the old shipwright's house and now see them mapped in my mind's eye. Some, like the cooper beech above span perhaps back to the 1800s, the lichened oak, some 50 years. Most though, like the pines, poplars and birch, are relatively young,  hopeful and full of birdsong. I have an old photo of the property as a farm, taken in the late 1800s. The sepia-aged image shows the house, fences and a barren landscape save for a few spruce trees and  THE cooper beach. All that has changed and it will undoubtedly change again, depending on the whims of its human caretakers. As for this caretaker, the woods around the house have become an intimate companion to me, and these photos are part of their biography.

 


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