TREE-related ITEMS OF ALL KINDS
MOVIE TRAILER: Pope Francis says, “It’s time to take out the [planetary] trash!” in “The Encyclical”
CLICK TO PLAY frog song (Spring Peepers in San Geronimo, CA):
THE #1 DOCUMENTARY FILM EVERY ENVIRONMENTALIST SHOULD SEE
“Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” is now on Netflix. The Netflix release is a new edit with updated facts and info. Watch & share with your friends!: https://www.netflix.com/title/80033772
The painting below, “Hide and Seek,” by Pavel Tchelitchew, Russian-born U.S. immigrant (1898-1957) mesmerized me as a young man in my 20s living in New York City. I spent hours in front of it, when it was on display as part of the permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art. If you’re a tree and art fan, this oil painting belongs on your bucket list to see in its full giant-sized glory, 78.5″ x 84.75″ (just over 6.5 feet x 7 feet).
Goats love…trees! Who knew? If I write any more explanation, you still won’t believe it until you watch the video below! By photographer/videographer Michael Chinnici, http://www.photoworkshopadventures.com/Morocco
The Ivory-billed woodpecker — about 20″ long with a 2.5-foot wingspan — was one of the world’s largest woodpeckers, bigger than the better known, but smaller big bird, the pileated woodpecker. Relentless hunting plus extensive logging of its original southwestern U.S. forest habitat was thought to have wiped this magnificent bird from the face of the Earth.
The Ivory-billed was presumed extinct for over 50 years…but has recently had confirmed sightings in the woods of rural Arkansas! Now efforts are underway to protect it and its habitat for many reasons, including tourist dollars.
Controversy remains over whether the Ivory-billed does still exist deep in the woods, a sort of arboreal American Loch Ness monster bird hiding from predatory humans in the depths of southern forests and swamps. (See sources below.) Meanwhile, we say protect these forests the “Lord God Bird” may still live in, to protect all the other animals for whom the forest is home — just because it’s the right thing to do.
• READ NPR STORY
• READ wildlife painter Larry Chandler’s personal account of how his iconic painting of the Ivory-billed woodpecker (below) came to be: HERE.
• LISTEN to NPR PODCAST w. haunting song by Sufjan Stevens:
In my web search for “Hide and Seek” after so many decades, I found “Adam’s Grave,” another beautiful work from the same painter:
We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man.
In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.
- Henry Beston, The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod