Oh yes, the firs. I’ve heard about that die-off, but haven’t seen it first-hand. (Sad? I didn’t even mention all the other blights and introduced insect pests afflicting our forests. I lost my favorite yard tree, an old butternut, to a virus that threatens that species with extinction. It’s gone from the mountain. Soon the beech bark disease will take all our mature beeches, just as the chestnut blight wiped out the American chestnut. The days of the flowering dogwood are likewise apparently numbered…)

The funny thing about my web presence is that I’m still an almost total loner. I only started social bookmarking so I could put that nifty “web gleanings” section on my sidebar. I read more than 100 blogs, but rarely leave comments on any of them.