Welcome Merrymakers, to the 7th Festival of the Trees, the carnival reviewing the blogosphere's obsession with "all things arboreal."
I honestly can't think of a better way to start a new year of growth at The Voltage Gate. Unfortunately, I have stopped growing this way,
and I continue to grow this way.
Oh well. Here's to 2007 and many more years of FotT!
Christmas Let's face it: Christmas is a holiday secularized. But even the heathens know that trees are the centerpiece in December.
Here's a neat video of a Christmas tree farm in the Cascades complete with helicopter action Trailhead at Mountain Time uses it as a segue to discuss tree farming as a relatively overlooked form of agriculture, and as such, its environmental impacts.
Arboreality's Jade Blackwater gives us two - count 'em two - posts, this time around, how to plant live Christmas trees for the season and some helpful tips on a greener Christmas. Yeah, it's too late for this year perhaps (unless you're a bargain tree buyer), but take note for next year folks! Besides, there's still a few more days of Christmas left. Discuss it over crab balls tonight.
Over at Via Negativa, Dave's got Christmas trees on the brain too, relating his misadventures at the tree farm.
Environment We are watching biodiversity declining daily. While most of us want to shout, we simultaneously wonder if there are better ways to promote the safeguarding of our wild places. Trees are the cornerstone organism of this principle to many people.
From smatterings, "E" is for Ents, "T" is for trees. Why are they leaving? Oh, you know why...
Almost forgot. Some isolationist named Henry Thoreau has been bugging me to include this entry from his journal. You'd think the guy hadn't talked to anyone in years (Tip: Stuart).
News I suppose trees don't make it into the news too much (except at Christmas, perhaps), but these folks thought that they deserved a bit more attention than the media provides.
The Atlanta area will be seeing some dramatic changes regarding tree ordinances in the city, according to Jesse Milton of Tree News. We had some ridiculous tree issues on campus this past semester that went unresolved; they were planted in a very unstable, unsuitable area and are currently on the verge of being completely uprooted. I wrote a blazing letter from the editor about the land management on campus which was completely ignored by the administration.
Larry from Botanizing takes us through a jarring night storm during which his backyard spruce almost destroyed his truck. It cancelled his neighbor's cable and telephone service instead.
Juliet Wilson of Crafty Green Poet details the Save the Children's Festival of Trees in Glasgow, UK, by the looks of it, a very worthy cause.
Science Plain and simple, science will save our world and ultimately bring people together through its patient, careful analysis and its ability to transcend race, gender, culture and belief. Dendrology has been essential in providing scientists with other means of looking into the Earth's climatic history, not to mention inspiring wonder in certain science bloggers.
As usual, Nuthatch at Bootstrap Analysis relays a clear and engaging post, this time about the ecology of mistletoe.
For the last FotT, I wrote a bit about an old growth Hemlock forest in PA. This is the second part of that series, dealing more with the ecology and environmental factors.
Humor As Robert Heinlein implied, we are not human until we laugh. I don't think the trees mind if it's at their expense. Pining for a laugh?
How about a "firrific" visual pun from The Coffee Sutras. Goes down smooth...
Photos A human moment in a year can change everything, it seems, but how many of us remember it exactly as it was? A tree may never be able to remember, lacking a nervous system, but isn't one of their charms tied to their immutability? These posts are apt tributes to our visual affinity for trees.
Sathya R of Like the Ocean shares some leafy pics accompanied by a seasonal quatrain.
Daniel Mosquin at the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research Botany Photo of the Day blog laments the loss of several trees in the Garden, providing some great pics and a bit of background info on (Daniel also sent in this pic of a beautiful specimen of Pinus koreana).
Karen from Rurality has a bit of fun with tree huggers, caressers and rubbers. Double entendre, me? Never. It's all Karen's fault.
From Rockhoundblog, we have a couple of neat pics of funky trees that Gary has run across recently.
Salix Tree of Windywillow shows the skeletal beauty of winter with a misty view down her country road in Ireland.
Lori Witzel of Chatoyance gives us a unique visual perspective on the longevity of tree rings.
Montana blogger Maureen, author of Raven's Nest, has a breathtaking series of forest photos in this Flickr album.
Pam from Digging takes us on a long tour of her beautiful garden in Austin, Texas. The evergreens are a particular interest, very different from what we in the Appalachians are used to during the winter.
That does it for number seven. Thanks to all the contributors, and to Dave and Jade for all their help. The next Festival of the Trees will be held at Gingko Dreams, so send your submissions to Kelly at kelly [at] gingkodreams.com. Deadline for submissions is January 29th.
Shameless plug: For all of you ecology bloggers out there, please check out Oekologie, a new ecology and environmental science blog carnival started by yours truly and Jen from The Infinite Sphere. We are looking for hosts and contributors, so let us know if you are interested.
I will be back and bloggin' on the second. Happy New Year, everyone.
Last minute submission: A little tree poetry to even things out, from Joan Ryan.