WNTS Special Places  - Archive of Older Posts

  Edward Frank  Sep 10, 2005 17:19 PDT 

The Sierra Club has a section on its website that I would like to emulate on the WNTS site. It is a section called "Our Special Places"

What is a Special Place? http://www.sierraclub.org/specialplace/ 

Big majestic places, or everyday places. A place that was special when you were growing up, or just last weekend. The places that mean something to you.  Spending time in nature is always important - especially so in times of stress. As former Sierra Club president and current summer camp director Chuck McGrady has said, "Each of us has a special place that heals us, that quiets our confusion and helps us to hear our own voice again."

The Sierra Club shares some special places to explore, enjoy and protect.  "Sit under a tree, look at a brook, lake, river or ocean. Do something you enjoy. Whenever possible, take a few minutes to look out the window at the sunshine and the flowers. Remember that you are still free and that there is still beauty in the world."  --     from the Red Cross

A post made about the Okeefenokee Swamp by one Member: 


Comments By Robert Leverett, September 21, 2005

Real forest magic seldom derives from a single feature or spot, but how many features blend together. Despite the impact that a single tree can have, it's usually the gestalt built by many forms interacting with changing light mingled with many scents and sound, each place with its unique blend. I, like you, am a fan of hemlocks and white pines, especially the old ones. Their individualistic forms distinguish them from the controlled forms of plantation trees and the non-descript feeling of young, shrubby regrowth. I can't imagine the New England forests without at least pockets of mature hemlocks and white pines. Old growth forests affect us on many levels. The late Dr. Michael Perlman ("The Power of Trees") recognized their appeal to our need for freedom and our need to retain ties to our collective past. Even though all of us acknowledge that all forests change with time, retaining a part of the landscape that stays relatively unchanged at the landscape level and on human-scaled time.

This section is dedicated to sites special to WNTS members. Please write about any places that are special to you. This is meant to be a section for places that elicit special feelings, emotions, and memories rather than cold descriptions.

Ed Frank