Stories in the snow

14 02 2011


Stories in the snow…one mouse leaving and returning or two mice meeting under the cover of night?  While I ruminate about the possibilities, the morning calm is shattered by the CRAAACK of a dead tree tearing loose from the soil.  Today’s wind is plucking at these beetle-killed trees, sending their gray spires toppling earthward.  All winter I have relied upon these brief outings during Maggie’s ski lesson for tiny glimpses into the unseen activity of the non-human world. Today I am gifted with signs both visual and aural.

This semester I am teaching both a first and fourth year class on evolution.  While the beetle-ravaged forest of Stake Lake is not my favorite forest, each trip around its trails reminds me that the academic theories I discuss in class have their roots/their tendrils embedded in the day to day events of living beings.  When I come out amidst the living and the dying, I find myself giving thanks to both the small beauty of a lodgepole pine stump cast into shadow by the winter sun and to the playground of ideas which has sprung from the millenia of naturalists wondering about patterns–big and small.




One response to “Stories in the snow”

    25 10 2011
      Payton (09:55:59) :     Reply

    Major thanks for the article post. Will read on…

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