Caveat: Tree #149

I went to the airport to pick up Arthur on his way back from the VA in Juneau – but the leg of his flight from Sitka to Klawock was canceled due to weather. It is misty and drizzly with very low visibility. So I came back home.

Here is a purplish tree in front of someone’s house along the expressway. Some kind of maple. It came out somewhat blurry.

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[daily log: walking, 3km]

Caveat: Tree #147

I took Arthur to the airport this morning. He has some tests the VA doctors want done, and needs to be at the hospital in Juneau.

Later in the day, he called me to say the doctors are keeping him overnight. This is … concerning – but not overly so. Arthur and I have already discussed that the doctors at the Juneau VA seem overly cautious. He feels like they are wasting his time, but he nevertheless is deferring to their wishes. We’ll see what happens.

I took this picture of a tree against a metal shed at the airport this morning.

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Here is the airport.

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[daily log: walking, 2km]

Caveat: Poem #1030

strident birds green ideas forceful sunlight
gloomy eagle

grave concerns red movement gentle wind
rough bark

angular branches precipitous descent able creatures
spinning insects

the day
arrives
but nothing
changes
except now
it all feels
different

deep soil dull failure dead spirits
ghostly contortions

[This poetic form is called a quennet. It is one of the many odd and wonderful things to emerge from Oulipo. It is a specification not based on meter or rhyme but rather parts of speech and word counts – you could argue that it is syntactic versification. I think more could be done with inventing such constraints.]

Caveat: Tree #144

This tree survived the treepocalypse. Maybe I posted a picture of it before, I don’t remember. But it stands somewhat lonely in the rock and dirt.

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[daily log: walking, 1km; ditchdigging, 1m]

Caveat: Evidence for the Anthropocene

This is pretty interesting. It’s a diagram showing the distribution of biomass by taxon, for the whole Earth.

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What really struck me more than anything else is that humans + livestock, in the lower right corner, far outweigh all wild mammals and birds. And humans nearly outweigh their livestock. I never thought that could be true.

Caveat: Tree #141

Arthur and I drove into town: “Thursday is shopping day.”

Therefore, I present this tree from the archives.

The tree that I have selected is to the left of a scary-looking sign. The sign memorializes a prison uprising on a notorious prison island in South Korea (실미도), during the 1960s (the era of the dictatorship). Apparently the prisoners were being trained for a suicide mission against North Korea, but they decided to use their new skills to rebel and escape, instead. Things got messy, of course.

But anyway, it’s a nice tree.

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[daily log: walking, 1km]