Having established that I’m now in Amsterdam, I’m going to bounce back and forth for the coming period between photos taken during all those great trips between May and early July, and new stuff taken here. If you view these on a phone, and if it matters for you to know what you’re seeing, you will want to select the option to “view the full site.” If you do this, then you will see the previously-mentioned tags and labels, which will tell you what they are. Writing to me to ask is not necessary – because the info is available to you right here on the site, and takes less time than waiting for me to wade through my various inboxes and figure out which post we’re talking about. Please? Thanks so much. 🙂
I’d be happy to grow tall in a steep canyon, where fog lingers in the morning to feed my needles, and a stream burbles in the rainy season to nourish my roots.
I’d be lucky to grow close to the ocean, whose summer fogs and winter warmth would help me grow taller and stronger.
I’d nurture a circle of friends to help me recover from fires.
I’d remember that most of us can survive a fire or two, if our roots are deep enough and our friends close around to support us.
I’d remember that life and death intertwine all around me.
I’d remember that when my seed germinated, the coast Miwok and Pomo still gathered fish, berries and nuts in my canyon, and no one had seen these tree-cutting Europeans yet.
I’d remember that fires, nations, governments and even diseases all have their time, while the seeds dropped by my ancestors created a forest that somehow has managed to remain.