Sometimes on summer evenings I step
Out of my house to look at trees
Propping darkness up to the silence.
~Paul Zimmer from “A Final Affection”
We spent 16 hours yesterday on a ferry going up the inside passage on the British Columbia coastal islands, witnessing whale spouts and splashes. The backdrop consisted of millions of trees in pristine wilderness propping up the sky, the clouds, and the silence we disturbed.
Anywhere I go, I look to the trees and feel immediately among old friends.