Saturday, November 5, 2011

Big trees fall

From Cathedral Pines, a stand of original hemlock and white/red pines in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin. Felt like Little California. This what Wisconsin must've looked like a hundred and fifty or two hundred years ago, a patch of what was. Occupying my mind now: the twin trees that fell at Sequoia National Forest. I haven't been there but visited the redwoods along the coast, staring up the length of their trunks, trying to imagine how long they'd stood. Older than Jesus, some of them, a reference that's often employed but impossible to grasp. Practically immortal, supernatural. I tried to imagine standing there for thousands of years, quiet. Do they sense it, when one falls, after they've stood there so long together? Do they feel the vibration and know? What does it feel like to fall to the earth from that height, expanse, depth? What is it like when forever stops?

1 comment:

Colleen Sutherland, storyteller said...

When some of the giant hemlocks fell at Lost Lake campground, Gary and I counted the rings and realized they'd begun about the time of the French-Indian War. Have you been to Cathedral Pines in the summer? Great blue herons have a rookery there. Awesome to see those big birds perched in their nests up there.