Wednesday, April 24, 2013

BioBlitz: Charles Allen Biological Station

Straight and Tall

I am the beam that holds your house, 
the board of your table, 
the bed on which you lie, 
and the timber that builds your boat.
I am the handle of your hoe, 
the door of your homestead, 
the wood of your cradle, 
and the shell of your coffin.
--from an ancient prayer used in Portuguese forest preservation.

You can see why Loblolly pine is a favorite for builders and carpenters. But happily this lovely stand is on protected land--ULM's Charles Allen Biological Station near Columbia, La.

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