September 29, 2020

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I could hear the rhythmic heartbeat of this old birch long before the canoe rounded this bend in the river. The circulatory system of the forest is as intricate and delicate as our own compelling us to use our eyes with the same precision a world class cardiac surgeon uses her hands to delicately peel back each layer to sort through the myriad arteries and veins. As these vessels become lit up by markers of microscopic fluorescence every fall it forms a roadmap to guide our probing eyes. While it can take years of study to become competent in finding one's way around an old tree, even a amateur like me can marvel in its complexity.