Field Notes: Opinion – Words Versus Worth in Nature

Language is a powerful tool in shaping perception – perhaps one of the most effective. I’ve been told that my tea cabinet is full of ‘weeds’, which leads me to reply that the word what a ‘weed’ is, is in the eye of the beholder.  It means a plant devoid of value, something to be pulled up and disposed of. As someone who takes interest in the ecological and medicinal value of plants and all other organisms, I am reluctant to call any plant a weed or dismiss any species with a signal word.

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Field Notes: Naturalist – Adirondack Reflection

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve returned from the Adirondacks. While my arrival home was certainly welcome, the trip provided me with a sense of rejuvenation and clarity I had not felt for some time. There’s nothing like sleeping in your own den, but I’d be lying if I said my body didn’t long for the cool embrace of stream water, or my lungs didn’t fondly recall the clear mountain air, freshly exhaled from rolling foothills of greenery.

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