The Witch’s Bedtable


The Hidden Life of Trees:  What They Feel, How They Communicate.  Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben.  (From the Foreward by Tim Flannery)

But the most astonishing thing about trees is how social they are.  The trees in a forest care for each other, sometimes even going so far as to nourish the stump of a felled tree for centuries after it was cut down by feeding it sugars and other nutrients, and so keeping it alive.  Only some stumps are thus nourished.  Perhaps they are the parents of the trees that make up the forest of today.  A tree’s most important means of staying connected to other trees is a “wood wide web” of soil fungi that allows the sharing of an enormous amount of information and goods.

Me, I think that’s simple ancestor worship.  Just like I leave some whiskey out for my ancestors, sometimes ancestors who were cut down centuries ago.

Picture found here.


One response to “The Witch’s Bedtable

  1. You may also enjoy “The Global Forest” by Diana Beresford-Kroeger, and “Gathering Moss| by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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