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The Tree of Life

Our neighborhood park has a wooded stand of towering Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar trees.  Long ago, my children abandoned the formal play structure for racing bikes down the walking paths and playing fort within the forest of trees.  The cedar tree in particular provides a leafy canopy, protecting and hiding its inhabitants, and…

Flowers Big and Small

I love plants. Anyone who knows me will not be surprised by that statement. I love their expression of the seasons. I love how they can repair our environment. The rainbow of flowers I can plant in my garden gives me endless amounts of joy. And I love that my plants can surprise me. Throughout…

The Forests and Wetlands are Blooming

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a forest as a “dense growth of trees and underbrush covering a large tract.”  This seems, to me, to be a description of an ecosystem at its most base level.  Of course, I could wax poetic about the majesty and true splendor of a forest.  For now I will save you the…

A New Purse

I bought a new purse the other day and so I emptied the old one to load up the new one. Out of my old purse I pulled a stick, three rocks, the top to an acorn, two seashells and the cone from a Douglas-fir tree… no wonder the old bag was bursting at the seams! These…