Most people don't pay much attention to trees, but for those who do, the symptoms of terminal decline are alarming.
The ground below is thick with cones, after a season when the conifers exude all their energy into reproduction.
Susan and other have noted that the crazy warmth has led to abnormal upheaval of soils freezing and thawing, making everything from telephone poles to graveyard markers tip and fall.
Another very interesting and unprecedented symptom of atmospheric poisoning are shrubs that have burnt, damaged exteriors. Susan noticed this here and after the blizzard in New Jersey, I have seen the same peculiar pigmentation (next post!)
Just as this lichen accompanies dead trees. I guess, most people don't think or care about trees. They take them for granted - they take nuts, and fruit, and maple syrup, for granted. I don't though - and neither does Susan. We want to know, what sort of world will our children and grandchildren inherit, if there are no trees?
Susan said about this photo: This "deer leg in a tree" must be the action of a fisher cat. Nature can be beautiful but it can also be cruel. We humans think that we are above nature, but we're really just a small part. If we don't pay attention to the physics, chemistry and biology of nature, it will continue to show its wrath, and we humans will witness our own demise. But in our case, unlike this poor deer, we will have deserved our fate for failing to heed the warning signs.