Trees & Forest musical leaves churning, turning and ferning.

Oh deer Bear,  this has been such a mind bender for picking music related to trees and forests. Once you get going with this theme you may as well be lost without a compass or sight of the stars at night to navigate by. There are so many wonderful tunes and images everywhere to enjoy. I got so ‘lost’ just enjoying The World Rainforest Festival scene that I forgot  my goal here for a time. LOL.  But seriously, folks, it’s damn clear that many people really do love the natural world and find all sorts of ways of expressing and sharing it.  I don’t understand how the big exploitative corporations get away with any of the destructive things they do at will with so many nature lovers everywhere to stop them. Perhaps it’s just a matter of uniting everyone and directing our attention on all the problems full force in order to create positive change for every living thing’s benefit? Mayhap.

Everyone is invited to share their forest and trees music and images here and over at bearspawprint where there are more selections–which I have NOT peaked at yet–I swear I’ve not!  If you decide to create your own post on this theme, please leave a link here or with bear to it! Let’s explore the interconnectedness of all things gleefully at will!

Bearspawprint:

http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/six-music-selections-within-the-theme-of-trees-and-forests-2/

Okay, this will be familiar to those of you following the Breakfast Specials. I just had to include it for those not reading along who may have missed it. There’s just something about this collaborative musical effort by the Forest Elves that I can’t shake. So once again hear the Forest Elves original song, Cry of the Forest.

Forest Elves ~ Cry of the Forest

http://www.facebook.com/ForestElvesMusic
http://soundcloud.com/Forest-Elves

Please note, this song is free to use, but please credit us and contact us so that we know where it is being used!

Merry’s Personal Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/merryberrymusic

Jordi’s Personal Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/etherealwinds

© Photography by Cathleen Tarawhiti 2007 – 2012 –
“Enchanted Forest”
http://cathleentarawhiti.deviantart.com/
Permission to use photograph.

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What’s forest story without some crazy love and tragic magic?  Yes, I’ve developed a ‘thing’ for trying to support artists trying to make a name for themselves–hence the links and information supplied for any interested parties.

The Willow Maid  by Erutan (katethegreat19)

Erutan music upload

Published on Jun 18, 2013

‘The Willow Maid’ – original song © 2009 Erutan/Kate Covington From my debut album, “Raindancer”
Song inspired by the tree sprites of Celtic Mythology ~

If you would like to support my music and purchase ‘The Willow Maid’ any of the songs from my album, ‘Raindancer’, in mp3, FLAC, or physical CD format, please try the links below! Any support is deeply appreciated! ;_;

iTunes: (for Apple mp3)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rai…

Loudr.fm (for FLAC and mp3)
http://www.loudr.fm/release/raindance…

Official Erutan Website (for physical CD copies!)
http://www.erutanmusic.com/raindancer

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Hey, who doesn’t love ants? LOL.

The Beauty of Polish Forests

2digif upload

The music in the video was composed by the great composer Adrian von Ziegler.

You can download his music from iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ad…

Also check other profiles:
http://adrianvonziegler.bandcamp.com/
http://facebook.com/adrianvonziegler

“The beauty of Polish forests” was recorded in a beautiful nature reserve near Lubniewice. The video is a non-profit project.

Do not forget to visit our of Facebook 🙂
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Well, what can I say—I love this music by Enya. That’s why it’s here.

Enya “The Memory of Trees”

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This I just could not resist including. It either works for you or it doesn’t. But I don’t think it leaves anyone indifferent.

Otherworld: Redwood Forest Dance

Sommerfilms

To Watch Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKawGo… © SommerFilms, 2007
Excerpt “Redwood trees”  pat of photo/video project OtherWorld Journeys. http://www.sommerfilms.org/

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Yeahhhhhhh. Not as intense as their incredible,  “I don’t Speak Human” –but a lot of fun. You’ll have to use your imagination for the images in this one. Hmmmm.

Omnia   Love in the Forest

upload Elf0Fantasy

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For a change of beat indeed.

Deep Forest   “Forest Hymn”

upload passer59

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Because people do so much of this kind of thing it can make your head spin.

Redwoods Music

Upload by sandiaman1

music Deep Forest by Deep Forest

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A lot of folks do this too–chill out and breathe deep.

A Walk in the Forest ~ Relax Music and Nature Sounds

Chiyolshido upload

Okay. I’m going to hit ‘publish’ then go see what’s playing at bear’s blogcasa.  Please do come along for the dance.

http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/six-music-selections-within-the-theme-of-trees-and-forests-2/

Naughty Neighbors and Tree-Cutters —- I think, NOT!

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Any long-term visitors to my blogcasa know I seldom write about my daily life concerns. Well, yes, there have been posts about food items like the chocolate banana tortillas –btw, at 3:17 am I discovered these are great with flaked coconut too instead of the fresh sliced fruit–and pumpkin cakes. But I generally steer far away from my mundane immediate context unless it inspires some humor that might tickle someone else’s fancy — besides my own funny bones.  Today there will be a deviation from that norm. I desire a venue to vent. A full-blown rant to be honest is what I’d really like to indulge in–complete with much foot stomping and turning on the garden hose full blast. The birds and squirrels won’t mind the latter, but the neighbors might when it drowns their weird expensive ‘grass’ which needs more attention than a newborn baby with a bad case of whooping-cough.  If I had a newborn to prod into whooping, I would, all night long. While wearing earplugs, of course. Get where this is going yet? Hmm?  What am I miffed about? The trees.  ‘My’ trees. The trees that are currently mature enough to provide enough shade that they’re cooling about a quarter acre of land so nicely that it’s ten to twenty degrees cooler in the extensive shade than it is in the direct sun on a hot day. That’s sweet relief when the temperature kicks up to 100+ degrees farenheit with humidity chugging up the oxygen. When nature is cooling your home for nothing but having the space to exist instead of the electric company, what’s the downside? Oh, well, yes, there are leaves and dead branches that fall to the ground when their time comes.  In my mind this is nothing to ‘pay’ for all the benefits.

About those benefits. Hmm. Me, the human gets a nice cool abode from the tree shade.  The birds seem to enjoy nesting, roosting and courting among the trees.  The robins eat a lot of bugs. We’ve had owls, woodpeckers, and squirrels make their homes in the trees as they’ve grown over the years.  Most of the trees are volunteers. Like the Mulberry tree that first appeared compliments of some bird or other critter’s digestive tract. Noticing the leaves and realizing it was indeed a fruit bearing tree, I managed to fence it off from the lawn (not) mowing junkie among my legal relatives. Some habits never die–bah.  The same for the Black Walnut trees, the Maple trees, and the Elms. The two Poplars I planted were small ‘gifts.’  A Weeping Willow was a cutting present from an old fellow down the street. A small Pine tree came from some odd fast food place’s Arbor Day alliance.  Over time the fescue has been replaced by a variety of local native plants including wild strawberries, dandelions (you can eat all of this plant except for the seeds–it’s packed with nutrition to the max), lamb’s quarter and clover that the bees adored, when there were bees around to adore it.  Bees are scare this summer.

Take note that this abode was chosen in part for the quarter acre space it provided for a rescued puppy with grew to be considerably LARGER than anyone expected–part bird dog and part St. Bernard (vet’s best guess)-. She needed room to run and she got it.  There were only four trees on the property when we arrived. They provided little relief from the summer sun. Now there are over thirty trees which allow the squirrels nesting in them to traverse upstairs from this yard to several others via the upstairs tree branch highway.

Now, while all this shade is not conducive to growing veggies or lovely flowers that thrive in sunshine–it has plenty to offer in its own way. I rather like the tiny forest around this silly little house.  So does the local wildlife. Most of the humans nearby have no issues with it.

But–apparently my extremely neat minded neighbors do not appreciate the shade that cools part of their home for nada effort on their part.  The other morning I awoke to the sound of chainsaws gleefully working their way upwards on the south side of one of the large Elms.  Tree cutters don’t come cheap here. Take note that the city tree trimmers had just last week worked their way up and down the street dealing with any limbs that might prove dangerous to the electrical wires. They left the Elms in the front yard ALONE because they posed no hazards to wires or passing vehicles.  There were no dead limbs lurking in wait to assault passersby. No one parks on this street.  Yet, my neighbors apparently live in dire fear of said limbs clobbering their car –which is usually parked inside a garage. Hence the reason they hired some tree-cutters to do  a little trimming. Hmm. Interesting monetary output from people who complained bitterly when the yearly education tax was increased to the point of adding an extra one hundred dollars to their bill. Supporting schools pisses them off, but cutting trees for much more than one hundred dollars is something they’ll willingly dish out cash for. I’m at a loss to comprehend this logic.

Now, I would understand this outlay IF the trees were posing any sort of hazard to anyone’s health and well-being, if they were diseased, dead, rotting, or head hazards when walking under them. But we’re talking head clearance, healthy and tree rot free trees here, folks.

So when aforementioned chainsaws disrupted my morning, the tree cutters and I had a little meet and greet. They were oddly sheepish for hired hands. They were extremely subdued for guys who’d been told it was all a-okay to chop away as they pleased by the folks who’d paid them.  They ceased and desisted when I pointed out that they were now cutting branches well above any height required for even the trash trucks to clear while they made their way down the street.  We did not argue. No, not the tree-cutters and I. Nor did my neighbor when I greeted him. He just glared. Oops, did I catch you red-handed at something naughty? I must have because the chainsaws went away pretty damn fast with just me and my cup of green tea putting in an unwanted appearance in my dandelion farm under the Elms.

Comments? Questions? Funny Stories? All are welcome.

I feel so much better. Time for a chocolate-coconut whole wheat tortilla taco and maybe some fresh black coffee. Hmm. Yep. I think so.  I’ll going to enjoy them outside in the shade while watching the resident sparrows take their afternoon baths in between sunflower seed snacks.

Arbor Day Foundation  http://www.arborday.org/

Last Straw

Who says the elderly are sweet and harmless?

They cut the squirrels’ highway to the sunflower seed buffet today.

Fibromyalgia ain’t slowing their evil plans down.

War has been declared!

Leave the f’n trees alone or
this woman is gonna get ugly
like rock salt on fancy grass

Hey, dammit I eat those dandelions!
Quit with the brain-dead herbicide already!!!!! You’ve destroyed lunch!

Yeah, your baby blues ain’t foolin’ me no more.
I got the score now.
Grandma’s ‘weed’-free lawn gonna get monkeywrenched with some old age sage brush
Grandpa’s noise pollutin’ ridin’ lawnmower gonna get some down time one way or another.
Some hostas goin’ in my salad bar soon!

It’s the end of their world as they know it!
Me and Ma Squirrel got some plans……..

Grow! Don’t “Mow”! New Green Industry = Grow Forests

Seriously–forget cap-and-trade. Forget all the nonsense about expanding until all the Earth is covered in concrete. We all know concrete cracks. Nor does concrete produce Oxygen. Consider the increasing need for clean air. Think about the recent Urban Air Bamboo Billboards project. Now–imagine trees everywhere. Not just any trees planted helter skelter, but trees native to each landscape flourishing, thriving, expanding so that they produce oxygen–which ALL Homo sapiens require for life 24/7 year round–yep, even corporate oil executives need oxygen no matter how much they may deny it.  Hmm, with those trees will come other plants –and animals, insects, birds–all sorts of wonderful living things! Of course humans will have to learn a great deal about all their non-human living relations in order to adjust to sharing the Earth’s space in a positive non-destructive manner. There’s really no reason to fear those curious little skinks exploring the undergrowth.  We’re all much larger than any of them.  What is keeping us from growing more trees? Why don’t we pay the countries with rainforests to keep their forests intact and expanding? Let’s not just maintain the rainforests, let’s encourage their expansion. More Redwoods anyone? Hmm? Why not? How about oaks, cottonwoods, birch, aspen, pines? Think of all the jobs that would be created in order to educate humans about how the return of forests would benefit them –and owls, beavers, fish, elk, wolves. What new things could be learned and discovered about the medicinal properties of wildflowers, grasses, trees? Many biologists, chemists, surveyors, teachers would be required to deal with all the information starting with collection to distribution.  Imagine a world in which humans live amidst nature instead of outside, disconnected, and alienated from the web of life.  New urban designs for cities with more than city parks–but cities as “parks’–as greenways. How about some consideration for animals that need to migrate? Hmm? I’m sure some clever imaginative folks can devise all sorts of tunnels and bridges and other pathways for our animal relations to travel safely.

Imagine Earth alive and thriving with forests, prairies, cacti galore.  Imagine thousands of people planting trees, repairing removed mountaintops, clearing out the plastic in the oceans. Cleaning crews could be busy for decades.  Imagine a healthy planet.

The map posted at Greenpeace International is from 2006 so I suspect there is much LESS forest today than it depicts. But this offers a starting point.

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/forests/solutions/our-disappearing-forests/intact-forest-landscapes/

Isn’t it time to put an end to this:

And get some traction going perhaps this way:

Btw, goats will eat any plant that is not toxic to them.

I’m not entirely “pleased” with this post. Please share your suggestions, input, ideas, questions, brainstorms for improving it.

 

Where are your birdies bathing? Hmm?

Hey the heat is on and your local wildlife is feeling it big time.  It’s easy to offer your neighborhood birds some relief that does not entail opening the doors and windows of your home to the great outdoors to invite our fine feathered friends inside for some air conditioning.  Create a little bird beach with whatever you’ve got on hand that holds water, is no more than three inches high and which is fairly durable to avoid breakage.  I simply put to use an old children’s plastic picnic table for a level steady base and set on it a durable 20 inch round plastic dish that is about 3 inches high. By placing this all under or near some trees or bushes allows the birds to scan for predators before indulging in drinking and bathing.  The plastic dish is easy to clean out every day with a rinse and scrub before refilling with fresh clean water.  My local wingers seem to enjoy loitering on the lower picnic bench seats and extra table space. Hence, my calling it a “bird beach.” Yes, the squirrels like it too. But they’ve not chewed on it or hauled it off.  Nor have I witnessed any squirrels mugging any birds.  Everyone seems very polite and patient waiting their turns in the branches of the dead pine tree nearby. O yes, they do seem to keep their own sense of order out there where it’s hot even under the trees.

The orange plastic container featured in this video shows how simple it can be offer birds the water they need to survive. A bird bath does not need to be expensive or fancy. It just needs “to be” in order to offer some life-sustaining water. Please share your bird bathing creations at will.

Thanks to VAbirdwatcher for posting this video complete with music on youtube.

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This pipeline will destroy 740,000 acres of irreplaceable Boreal Forest.

 

This dirty oil is intended for Export not domestic use in America.

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The Keystone 1 Pipeline has already leaked 12 times.

Imagine the BP Oil Disaster in the Middle of America.

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Swallows Wing

Swallows Wing @ eva wojcik

Sakura & “other”  pen on 130 lb  watercolor paper 17″ x 13″

Some uplifting bird color and high-flying energy seems to be in order. Can you imagine a world without birds? What would it be like without their varied songs and kaws? I suppose squirrels would be thrilled to be the feeder guests of choice if they did not have to compete with avians for seed meals.  While I’ve been seeing and hearing a number of my favorite sparrows and geese with tough attitudes–I have noticed a decline in variety and volume these recent mornings.  I attribute this to the loss of about half the nearby local trees.  Fewer places to nest and roost means fewer birds.  Hence there is consderably less joy in the dawn time.  What have you noticed about the resident  birds in your neck of the urban woods?

Slp’s “no fracking way” and “Plant for the Planet”

“no fracking way” by Charles aka slpmartin at Read Between the Minds

This is for those of you who don’t venture over to slpmartin’s poetry casa due to the crowds–or because poetry is not your usual dish of choice. If you click on the image you can wander in and listen to Charles’ audio version–and explore more of his poem craft.  A while back I posted about fracking and the film Gasland. Just recently BigSurKate also posted about fracking.  Then Charles served up this wonderful image and poem and I just had to share it with folks. Fracking is another absolutely insane thing being done to Earth–and many people do not even associate the word with an operation that destroys water supplies. Yes, it does result in water that you can light on fire.  I wonder if a close encounter with some fracked water would clear some profit minded brainpans? Hm…a little late to share at Cancun–another miserable failure to seriously address environmental issues from the looks of it. There’s some interesting coverage of Cancun at www.democracynow.org  and Al Jazeera English.  Like what? Like the children from around the world striving to plant a million trees in every country in order to reduce Carbon emmission content. Yep, it’s the brainchild of a 10 year old German boy. Don’t laugh. He’s accomplished the goal in Germany. The project is “Plant  for the Planet.”  Someone has their priorities in the proper order–and it’s not the leaders of the so called “Free” world. No, it’s the children and the Indigenous people as far as I can tell. They’re the folks invested in saving the Earth.  And they’re not crippled by addictions to profit motives. When the islands you live on are disappearing as you watch, things besides making money become very important.

What are we going to do????

note: Much thanks to Charles aka slpmartin for permission to re-post his poetry and image.

Namaste

Global Children’s Campaign coverage:

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2010/12/10/global_childrens_campaign_to_climate_delegates_stop_talking_start_planting

Who wants a Green Christmas?

Oh wonder of wonders, mAdgA, the land artist of Clegyr Boia, http://clegyrboia.wordpress.com/  has inspired this post with her writing and photos about trees. Yes, TREES. As I read the information she shares on her blog, I thought about all the trees that will be cut down and trussed up for the forthcoming Christmas holy day–or not so holy day, but more accurately,  corporate profit day. Then I wondered what if everyone gave gifts of trees to PLANT instead? What if, instead of tons of overly packaged plastic junk people exchanged living plants and trees? What if we gave each other gifts of seeds, trees, flowers and other plants that could be used to literally green our individual living spaces? As mAgdA shares on her blog, one does not need a lot of space for creating a garden of earthly delights—pots can support all sorts of plants and trees.  Instead of cutting down evergreen trees en masse for decorating why not decorate a living tree with its roots still in the earth?  What better gifts could we give each other on this Earth that is rapidly being deforested?

Tree of the World

 

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