29 Jun


Joyce Kilmer wrote a well-know poem that began
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.”

Ogden Nash, the US poet, wrote a parody on this
I think that I shall never see
a billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I’ll never see a tree at all.”

Visual pollution is a major hazard in our cities and along our roadways.  Not just the ugliness, but the barriers it raises between us and the enjoyment of nature.

29 Jun

Earth Day 2019

April 22 marks Earth Day.

The theme for 2019 is PROTECT OUR SPECIES.

“Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity.”  (See more at https://www.earthday.org/campaigns/endangered-species/earthday2019/)

Remember:  “The earth is all that we have in common”.

08 Apr

New Resident in Selva Chi!

I have been waiting since 2006 for this day to come. As from the 20th of March we have had a Howler Monkey (Alouatta palliata ssp. aequatorialis) residing in the canopy of the forest in the Arboretum. Finally Selva Chi feels like a nature reserve. He can be heard several times a day with his baritone growls and hoots, usually in the first few hours of daylight. On the 6th of April he came within 5m of the house in the Mamey tree. Have not been quick enough to get a photo of him yet. The below photo was taken from the internet to demonstrate. Around the same time several rats moved into the house, but the evening of the the 6th saw a Boa move in and polish off one of them. The photo shows him waiting for the rat to pass by. Never a dull moment in the forest!