Festival #31 is up

Black bear claw marks on an American beech

Black bear claw marks on an American beech (photo by Bruce Bonta)

The 31st edition of the Festival of the Trees comes to us live from the mouth of the mighty Fraser River, B.C., Canada, and from the keypad of Hugh at Rock Paper Lizard. Why not celebrate the New Year — and/or try to distract yourself from that pounding headache — by wandering through a forest of fresh arboreal links?

For Hugh, as for so many of us, today’s the day for tree-hugging of a quite literal sort:

As you read this, I may well be up to my elbows in a tree — the Douglas fir that has served nobly as our family Christmas tree — for it is our custom to take the tree down on New Year’s Day.

The above photo should serve as a reminder that humans aren’t the only tree-huggers around, though most black bears are hibernating this time of year — some in hollow trees.

We wish all FOTT contributors and supporters a very happy, peaceful, and productive 2009.

About Dave Bonta

I'm the author of several books of poetry, including Ice Mountain: An Elegy, Breakdown: Banjo Poems, and Odes to Tools, but my real work is at my long-running literary blog Via Negativa, where I'm currently creating erasure poems from every entry of the Diary of Samuel Pepys. I'm also the editor and publisher of Moving Poems, a blog showcasing the best poetry videos on the web.

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