Trees and Moss

A Small Hemlock Tree

Tansy sat in some small trees. There are many very small trees because the deer eat all the young plants and keep them small and more tasty. There were no deer on Haida Gwaii before their introduction about 100 years ago, and as there are no predators the deer are over-abundant and have created an unnatural ecology.

Deer pruning salal from top of stump

This deer was caught eating the young leaves from a high stump right in front of the cabin.



Tansy liked to sit in the giant clumps of Moss under a tarp placed to keep everyone’s gear dry. The archaeologists liked sitting on the moss too as it was so soft, but their wet and dirty rain gear made it hard for Tansy to find suitable places to rest – after all she had brought only one change of clothes and needed to stay clean. She could not help but wonder had the humans brought only one change of clothes whether they might have stayed a bit cleaner too.

Some of the humans took moss samples back to the cabin for identification practice, and even used it to pack up delicate items for transport; the moss complained but not bitterly as they forget so quickly.


Huge Cedar.

Tansy admired a huge Cedar tree. She tried to communicate her appreciation of its beauty, but found Redcedar a very difficult language to master, and her voice very tiny for gaining the attention of such a large being.


Giant Cedar Tree.

And then she found an even bigger one. She wondered if Entish might be a better idea for talking with this aged one, assisted by a giant megaphone. In the end she did not try to speak to it as she was uncertain what it might be like if she woke it in the wrong way from its venerable snooze.


Mossy Tree.

The Temperate Rain Forest is a lovely place, especially if you come prepared in a moss coloured raincoat and having brushed up on your Cedar, Spruce and Hemlock. Tansy decided Moss is not really worth learning as they tend to be too humusy, yet surprisingly humorless, and a bit too down-to-earth. Better for sitting on than conversing with.


You can learn more about Tansy’s trip  through this link which has posts by her adult friend Ehpem who kindly took her along in his camera bag and pockets.

10 thoughts on “Trees and Moss

    • Trees seem to have different personalities as well as languages. Tansy began to realise that, like the branches of the human family, individuals in the tree family have more similarities than differences between them.

      • Please consider a future visit for Tansy to the Deep South. There are trees here she might long to know!

      • Tansy would Love a visit to the Deep South…she knows a few words of Pecan (learned from the clones) but would like to expand her vocabulary to include Angel Oak and swamp Cypress – all she has to do is convince the humans to take her along!

  1. Tansy looks wonderfully prepared in her beautiful coat. She must have loved exploring the big trees (the photographs of her communing with them are amazing) and testing out her language skills.

    • Tansy was glad she remembered to pack her raingear, it is a temperate rainforest after all. She loves the variety of tree languages and is on her way to becoming a sylvan polyglot.

  2. I wonder if Tansy thought about how many sister Hittys might come from one of her tree friends,… and whether they would all have exactly the same personality. Hitty Dallas noticed an Alaskan yellow cedar Hitty sister in the workshop recently. She noticed her first with her little nose…. we wonder how big does the Alaskan Cedar grow? We both were very envious of her exciting trip into the very big mossy woods… And Dallas…. thinks if she ever happens to wear a coat… she might really like her coat maker to copy those snazzy buttons!

    • Many many Hittys! A small chunk of red cedar is awaiting my attentions, perhaps it will make a Hitty with coastal memories… and I am pretty sure a yellow cedar Hitty would remember mountainsides and snow.

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