“A forest is much more than what you see,” says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes.
We live very close to the Pine Barrens Forest in New Jersey, about 15 minutes away. On March 30th there was a forest fire in the Barrens. The fire took 2 days to contain and burned more than 11, 000 acres of land. The firefighters used a technique called “blowhole firing” to slow the flames down. It requires firefighters to get ahead of the blaze and use handheld torches to set smaller fires in its path. It burns up some what’s fueling the fire to slow it down. Officials said the investigation was ongoing and asked for the public to contact the New Jersey State Police with confidential tips as it seems this fire was caused in some way by humans. The area is a known area for illegal bonfires.
The photo’s below we took from our front yard on the night of March 31st. And from across the street you can see the fire ablaze and how close we were. We even prepared that evening by filling up our gas tank in case they called for an evacuation.
Homes in the photo’s were blurred out to protect the privacy of home owners.
The video below is of drone footage of the destruction left in the wake of the fire.
Hiking. I like hiking more than any other physical exercise. And that in itself says a lot.Taking in nature in all it’s grand forms; mountains, trails, beaches, parks, etc… is very grounding and calming to me. Very meditative and gives time for introspection or even just the ability to shut the chatter of the mind completely out and just take in the scenery and feel the earth below my feet. I recently learned there is a term for what I like to do and it’s called Mindful Hiking. I like to let the experts do the talking so here is more info and ideas about stepping out on a meditative type of hiking experience!
Physical activity. Beautiful scenery. Who doesn’t like the occasional hike in the great outdoors? And when you add a little extra awareness to the experience, your outing can benefit both your body and your mind.