Welcome to Issue 9 of DH News: The Droll Harbor!
It's been a strange summer with continued anxiety over coronavirus and a distinct lack of picnics and other communal outings. Last week, some musicians in my neighborhood played jazz in a park at for a handful of us who reclined on blankets. It was so nice to lie back and look at clouds for a spell, while listening to some nice music.
I've been able to get out a few times on kayaks, thanks to the generosity of friends who have an extra, and that has been one way for me to get away from it all. A particularly evocative evening is described inside. And I've renewed my search for old trees, which has been a nice diversion. The Boston area has many trees that are older than one hundred years and a handful that are older than 200 years, you'll be hearing more about both soon. In the meantime, inside I have a snippet about visiting an old pine in nearby Concord, MA.
It takes a long time to grow an old tree and I was out on the corner of Melnea Cass Blvd and Columbus Ave several mornings this month with a handful of others waving signs to protect the trees there. The city wants to cut 120 mature trees to put in a bike lane, even though there's an existing bike lane that merely needs improvement. Forty year old trees like those on Melnea Cass not only provide shade in the summer, the do outsized work in absorbing carbon dioxide. There has been some press coverage so hopefully we'll be able to get the city to change its plan and protect those valuable trees.
I was looking for information about conservation corridors and stumbled on a news item from a protected cloud forest in Ecuador that I visited in 2011. It is now in danger, and the animals and plants it protects -- including many species of orchids -- are further endangered because of new mining concessions. I researched and wrote an article about the looming court case, which is just out today(!) and you can find the link in Announcements.
And, a contest! I have decided that someone should answer some of the many poetic questions in Pablo Neruda's Book of Questions. I took that task on for some of the questions, but I leave a question for you. Send me your best answer and you could win some cool "Little Books" or "Solos" from my website!
I appreciate your reading. You can download The Droll Harbor at the link below – grab a cup of coffee or tea – it’s meant to be read slowly. And feel free to share it.