Thursday, January 01, 2015
Monday, July 07, 2014
"Wilderness gets us into trouble only if we imagine that this experience of wonder and otherness is limited to the remote corners of the planet, or that it somehow depends on pristine landscapes we ourselves do not inhabit. Nothing could be more misleading. The tree in the garden is in reality no less other, no less worthy of our wonder and respect, than the tree in an ancient forest that has never known an ax or a saw—even though the tree in the forest reflects a more intricate web of ecological relationships. The tree in the garden could easily have sprung from the same seed as the tree in the forest, and we can claim only its location and perhaps its form as our own. Both trees stand apart from us; both share our common world.
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By seeing the otherness in that which is most unfamiliar, we can learn to see it too in that which at first seemed merely ordinary. If wilderness can do this—if it can help us perceive and respect a nature we had forgotten to recognize as natural—then it will become part of the solution to our environmental dilemmas rather than part of the problem."
Sunday, June 08, 2014
Saturday, February 01, 2014
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Fence project 2013, a set on Flickr.
We had a pretty dusting of snow overnight, and I was able to get a picture of our new-ish fence in winter conditions.
I designed this fence in the spring to divide our front yard from our back yard. My father fabricated it, we installed it as a family, and then I installed the new beds with my mother.
Eventually, we want to put a single panel of fence off the corner of the house. Seen parallel to the front of the house, it will still be very open, a gap of about 14 feet from house corner to the long fence, but from the road, it will make the back yard look more enclosed, and provide screening effect when sitting on a yet-to-be-built deck.