Porcupines in trees

A new addition to my series of gripping, action-packed films of porcupines in trees chewing and moving slowly about. This one’s kind of shaky (I forgot the tripod), but the view is novel — almost straight up.

Link roundup: Advice for writers, Planned Parenthood, public radio poetry, treeblogging and the King of the Porcupines

Austin Kleon: “How to Steal Like an Artist (And 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me)” I usually hate advice posts, but this one is gold. For example: There was a video going around the internet last year of Rainn Wilson, the guy who plays Dwight on The Office. He was talking about creative block, and …

Questions for the Porcupine

[audio:https://www.vianegativa.us/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/questions-for-the-porcupine.mp3] Porcupine, do the sapless twigs of winter taste any different on the tree you’ve just girdled, this waste of a pine? Its whited branches light the grove like candles, like candelsticks. But you with your poor eyesight must favor the dark: hollows & cavities, the undersides of things, unchewed bark. This pine was unwise …


Despite what this porcupine seems to think, there are plenty of trees for everyone at the 13th edition of the Festival of the Trees. __________ Thanks to my friends Chris and Seung for the use of their laptop and high-speed internet to upload the above video, which I shot in Plummer’s Hollow last week. (I …

Way Back

and then i’m on my knees 
among baby porcupines

american chestnut husks 
spiny and golden