all the woods in the woods

stringiesThe only forests around here are plantations of radiata pines in straight rows with no under story to speak of except fungi. But we live in a small patch of remnant scrub. Large Stringy Barks and Blue Gums, mid-story Golden Wattles, and a lively understory of native lilies, sedges, grasses, ground orchids, various low flowering plants and young grass trees.

I wandered around out there today in the wind, and it didn’t even rain on me. The air, the trees and the birds, the scudding clouds, the play of light and life. Then I lay on the kids’ old trampoline and gazed up as the wind threw the tops of the trees around.

How forests and woods throb with life, all those different things sprouting and growing and dying. The decay, as always, teeming with life.

in the sponge of leaf litter
a tiny orange mushroom

the hole in the canopy
a spindly tree

grandfather stringy bark
wrens and thornbills
fuss about

two crows aloft
fighting with each other
fighting with the wind

wind in high branches
but down here


Carpe Diem Ghost Writer #17, Managua Gunn’s Forest

22 thoughts on “all the woods in the woods

  1. Thanks for sharing your woods.

    I remember feeling confused and disappointed by the miles of loblolly pine “forests” owned by the paper companies when I moved to the southern United states in my youth. The row-planted mono-cultures forests felt vacant. Inside them, they lacked the complex community of organisms normally seen in a forest. And they lacked the ability to evolve over time in the natural progression that southern forests normally display as they grow back after a clear cut. They were more like agri-business corn than forests.

  2. Lovely description – very nice series. One senses you were there. The crows was nice reading, the last one really had style – and I love ”distance” in a haiku. Really do like a haiku that paints a big image.

    1. a good prompt Hamish. I like that it was ‘hands on’. there seems to be a lot of haiku being written at desks. not that I have anything against that as such, but in this age of the screen we need to look up and get out.

  3. Be careful of orange fungi it is bright for a reason – poison! Stay away. It was odd that after one rain in my friends yard a ring of orange mushrooms sprouted.

    You paint a lovely picture. I bet the birds enjoy all those creepy crawlies. 🙂

        1. I see some cooking shows and they add a few slivers of the stuff and it is supposed to be just wonderful. Since I’ve never had it I can’t say. But it just doesn’t look appetizing. I wonder if it is like caviar – also very expensive. I have tasted those fish eggs…just very salty. I wouldn’t pay for them again.

        2. The shows always say you have to season, rather salt and pepper everything…why? Granted some food stuff is bland, but some tastes just fine without. Maybe the salt helps to bring out flavors. Humans like animals do need salt, but to what excess or extreme?

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