Light Up the Night December 10, 2010
During the winter months, the night comes sooner, darkness lasts longer and most things around us are enveloped in shadow.
That is until the snow falls, collects and starts to shimmer. The emerald evergreen branches become heavy with white flakes, accentuating their pyramidal, dense shape. And every single trunk, branch and twig of their deciduous counterparts become outlined in pure, gleaming cotton. It lights up the winter night.
While we aren't lucky enough to get perfect snowflakes that collect and sparkle every day of the winter, during the holidays we get a similar, magical effect as lights outline tree shapes, bringing them to life when they seem the most quiet.Read More
Oh, Deer! December 3, 2010
I recently ran into a good friend who lives on the edge of a park. She loves her acre of land and has a favorite reading spot under a large tree where it's shady, cool and private.
This retreat is anchored by impressive, velvet green arborvitae. Since the weather began getting colder, she hadn't spent time there for a few weeks. But on one recent, Indian summer weekend, she headed to her favorite spot only to find chunks taken out of her arborvitae up to about 4 or 5 feet. Just a tuft of green remained at the top of each plant.
Six or seven years ago, Davey Resource Group Biologist Ken Christensen had a similar problem, caused by a majestic and elusive creature - a deer.Read More
Let it Snow! November 15, 2010
It seems to happen suddenly, even though I know the actual preparation and execution of the task takes at least one weekend.
But to the busy and casual observer, it seems swift.
One minute, the neighbors have patio furniture, a garden statuary, bird feeders, sand boxes, and plastic children's houses in the yard.Read More