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Arts, Music, and Literature

On March 14, 2010 The Eastern Native Tree Society and Western Native Tree Society switched from discussion lists on Google Groups to a new discussion list in a Bulletin Board format at:  Posts made since the inception of the BBS on march 14, 2010 will be sorted and archived on the BBS. Click on the link above to go to the equivalent section on the new BBS. This website will continue to serve as a front end for the ENTS and WNTS groups. It will continue to serve as a repository of older posts, and will serve as the host site for special projects and features that are not well suited for a BBS format. Please visit the BBs for the latest information and trip reports.

  ENTS Forest Aesthetics Project

  • Forest vs. Woods ENTS- I never really knew what a "forest" was until I was in college taking botany and ecology courses and learning about forest associations like mixed-mesophytic or boreal forests---I had always been "in the woods" before then. "The woods" was what I grew up with as far as terminology, with "the forest" denoting something much grander in scope and greater in area,... more   Mar 6, 2010.
  • Return to Pooh Corner ENTS,   I bet all of you think James has lost his ol' noodle when you opened this post? But think about it, A. A. Milne's stories on Winnie-The-Pooh took place in the hundred acre wood.   As a child I loved the Winnie-The-Pooh stories and had read both of Milne's books by the age of eight. I loved them and I can still remember the stories and the illustrations. I had Pooh records and I had a viewmaster with Pooh disks. But I oddly never had a desire for a stuffed bear. But I associate it mostly with my carefree childhood. I lived on Briggs Rd, near Oteen in the Swannanoa valley at that time, up to the age of ten when we moved to Starnes Cove. We had some woods behind the house on Briggs and they were the first woods I ever explored. First with dad and then alone. Between my eighth and tenth year I had explored all of those woods on the hill, mostly alone. These woods amounted to several acres but in my imagination they were the " hundred aker wood " of A.A. Milne's stories. When not playing or in school I was either in these woods or up on the Wilson farm at the end of the road. I walked nearly half a mile in the morning to the bus... more  Feb 28, 2010.
  • Trees as a link to the classical past This might be of interest to ENTS and WNTS--thought you might want to review it first. Especially interesting bibliography. Post if you wish Feb 17, 2010.
  • The Mallorn Tree ENTS, The Mallorn Trees of Middle Earth in JRR Tolkiens books are located in the elven realm of Lothlorien. These trees resemble our beeches with smooth silver-grey bark and golden yellow leaves in autumn. However the mallorn does not drop it's leaves in winter and the golden leaves only fall in spring just before the new leaves start to sprout. The... more   Feb 13, 2010.
  • The Two Trees of Valinor ENTS & WNTS,   Seeing the huge Hometrees in Avatar reminded me of possibly still some larger trees in stories. Those in JRR Tolkiens book " The Silmarillion ". They are the Two Trees of Valinor. They were created by the Vala Yavanna to light the land of the Valar after the destruction of the two great lamps that lit the world at that time. The trees were called Laurelin ( Gold ) and Telperion ( Silver ) Laurelin was regarded as " female " and Laurelin as " male ". Laurelin would light Valinor for twelve hours with it's brighter golden glow while Telperion would light the night with its dimmer silver glow. During dusk and dawn one tree would dim and fade out while the other would fade in and brighten. During these times both would actually " burn " at a reduced brightness simultaneously. Just as we often have the sun and moon lighting the sky sometimes at dusk or dawn. The great spider Ungoliant and Morgoth destroyed these two great trees by Ungoliant's act of sucking... more   Feb 13, 2010.
  • Ash, Maple, and ?? Oh my.. ENTS, Here is my latest discovery in the "woodpile"- a 2004Fender Stratocaster. Think of the guitar as an "anastomosis" of a swamp ash, sugar maple, and ??(not sure what the reinforcement spline in the "trunk" us made from). What do y'all have for fine woods in YOUR possession? Although not a "live tree", certainly a venerated destination. If... more   Feb 10, 2010.
  • When I Am Among the Trees  When I Am Among the Trees by Mary Oliver When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness. I would almost say that they save me, and daily. I am so distant from the hope of myself in which I have goodness, and discernment,... more   Jan 29, 2010.
  • Tumtum tree ust for fun, some Lewis Carroll [link] Stev Jan 25, 2010
  • Leaf Carving: An Incredible New Art Form Leaf Carving: An Incredible New Art Form by Stephen Messenger, Porto Alegre, Brazil [link] It's hard not to love the brilliant display of colorful foliage that signals the entrance of autumn each year, but as the cold winter winds prevail, those leaves that once beautified the landscape are left to collect on the ground or be begrudging raked-up in some weekend chore. A new art form emerging out of China, however, is making use of these brittle leaves--creating delicate forms that will continue to be appreciated long after the jackets and sweaters of winter are hung in closets and the green buds of a new season sprou Jan 24, 2010
  • Proper attire for Ents James, I look forward to hearing suggestions on proper ENTS attire from our lady and fellow Ents. Then, if I must replenish my wardrobe, so be it. But first there are important distinctions to consider. Will there be distinctions among the attires expected of northern, southern, and mid-western Ents? What of extreme forms? For example, will we officially acknowledge the Snow Ent - that illusive creature from Minnesota and upper Michigan and Wisconsin (we all know it exists) that loves to run unclad through the snow with icicles hanging from various bodily appendages? Hillbilly Ents? They have beards and wear long underwear, Right? And what of sophisticated Bostonian and New Yorker Ents? Certainly, they would not want to be confused with their rural cousins. This is getting complicated.... more   Jan 23, 2010 by Bob Leverett.
  • Tree Signature Tags ( Sig-Tags ) ENTS,   My mother, Joyce Hayes has seen many of the posts we have done here on ENTS and has quite an interest in the outdoors herself, however she has made the comment a time or two that she did not think she could do that tree measuring stuff. However she has shown an interest in ENTS in other ways. .
  • Where the Wild Things are. I remember reading the award-winning book " Where the Wild Things are " as a child. It is a classic. A movie of it has now been released.
  • Hobbit House ENTS, Here is an interesting article with lots of photos: Inside the Hobbit House Appreciating a modern-day cottage based on mythical literature by Debra Judge Silber Asked to design a fitting repository for a client's valuable collection of J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts and artifacts, architect Peter Archer went to the source-the fantasy novels that describe the abodes of the diminutive Hobbits.... more
    By Edward Frank  - Jan 9, 2010
  • Birds and Trees Jenny's comment about what's happening to our soil got me to thinking about what Thomas Berry, noted geologian who passed away in June 2009, once said: "The Universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects." Treating the soil, or trees, or living creatures as objects allows us to continue to destroy beings and habitat. This, in turn, got me to thinking...January 08, 2010
  • A Modern-Day Johnny Appleseed in L.A Oct. 21, 2009
  • WGHP Tree exhibit Oct. 22, 2009
  • Tree Fiction recommendations Aug 25, 2009
  • Our Digital World May 29, 2009
  • ENTS Bookcases, May 17, 2009 -
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  • Spring Colors May 10, 2009
  • Easter Egg Tree April 03, 2009
  • Bike In Tree Photo March 20, 2009
  • The Christmas Tree Dec 2008
  • Fearsome Creatures of the Lumber Woods Dec 2008
  • The Trouble Tree Dec 2008
  • Tolkien Ents A Thought Nov 2008
  • Poems and Thoughts About Firewood June 2008
  • Tree In Steeple IN / Tree in Restaurant, FL May 2008
  • Nature Collections March 2008
  • Crown of Thorns March 2008
  • Treehuggers Feb 2008
  • Losing of the Entwives (Jan 2008)
  • Favorite Thoreau Quotes (Jan 2008)
  • Holocaust Tree (Oct 2007)
  • A New Tree in Minneapolis (Oct. 2007)
  • Branches Bent by Snow/Bonsai (May 2007)
  • Favorite Trees - (August 2003)
  • Return to Old Growth - thread  (June 2004)
  • Thoreau and Ecology  (August 2004)
  • Forest versus Woods (Dec 2004)
  • Beauty Contest for Trees (May 2006)
  • Trees you can Eat (June 2006)
  • Treehenge & New Member (Aug 2006)
  • John Muir on the need for National Forests Feb 2003

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