Trees and Moss
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.