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New year walkabout.

Doesn’t matter what I think,
some bear’s been shredding them.


Peck and peck. Repeat.
How much wood? You cannot imagine.


Several layers interlaced living on decay.


More and more, the moss beats back the grass.
The extent of it is new and puzzling.


Evergreen mountain laurel leaves are the thermometer of the woods.
At 43°F they look like this; warmer they lift and flatten;
colder they curl, tighter and tighter, into little tubes at zero.


And here is 25°F, this morning.


Walkabout in wonderland this afternoon.

Happy New Year!

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Persistant summer greens.

Looks like a lawn, an expanse of close-cut green,

if you don’t look down to the details.
Oh, there is a little grass blended in.

Lemon balm, fresh as morning, all year long.

The fern fronds are evergreen,

ordered and skilled in their geometry

beyond anything we have ever done in ours.

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Apologia for shorter leaves of grass.

Early days for us in North Carolina, the late ’70s,
friends stopped by who had moved east to Asheville from Albuquerque.
Twenty minutes into our tour I realized they were incredulous and a little disturbed.


A way through the hay to the compost heap.

Most of our discussion had been about our arsenal of implements for felling plants:
chain saws, bush hogs, brush hooks, mowers, weed-eaters, tillers, pruning saws, loppers, and shears.


The see-through part of the big barn.

Seemed pretty reasonable to us.
We built our house and sheds with lumber cut from the woods;
we had to find the barns before we could use them;
our garden plots had to be taken back from the Johnson grass;
we couldn’t set our fruit trees without beating back the locust and sawbriar around them;
we had to get the snags out of the branch and open the old logging roads.


Down the road towards the house.

Since grass is what continues to grow after repeated close cuttings,
(grass plus a dozen tough persistent weeds)
we created pasture for our animals in the summer and hay for them in the winter
by mowing the fields, pushing the edges back to the old fence lines.


The path up to the warehouse.

Ten years of underuse, as a farmstead, ten years more of no use at all, and we found
we had acquired a wild and raggedy place. A great deal of what we had to do
was, indeed, a kind of war on plants.


The walnut row (hiding behind the first one).

More precisely, a selection for human purposes of some species over the others.


The house from above.

I asked our visitors, what was wrong, why they had stopped walking?


West side.

The answer was, in New Mexico, if you find something green
you put a fence around it and bring water.
You do not cut. Not ever.


North side.

They could see it was different here,
but they still thought we were mad.


The road in front.

Probably we were and are still. The native plants unchecked
have all the other fields and edges and woods.

We will hold on a while longer, here and there, for people purposes.

 In the temperate rain forest.

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Alas, the leaves of grass emerge.

Last week’s front yard was wild and rich.

But when you live in the woods
IMG_20150510_192530372you have to strike a deal with encroachment,
yours and the wood’s. Mark the edge.
IMG_20150524_201901860Mowing machines make possible tick-free passage,
IMG_20150524_201854858cut the blueberry bushes from the jungle,
IMG_20150524_201829324and give perimeter plants a chance at light.
IMG_20150524_202138451You can park a car, and find it in the morning.
IMG_20150524_202627599Defend your pots and beds and plots from wild things.
IMG_20150524_202833332Thanks, Huskvarna.

Update. The day after this picture, they were gone.
IMG_20150509_184221753Fledged or lunch, depending.

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