In “Trees at the Arctic Circle,” Purdy discusses his opinion on the short trees that grow in the far north. He uses simpler language and creates meaning through direct adn forceful phrases like “I am angry to see them / like this / not proud of what they are” (Purdy, 9 - 11), whereas in “Arctic Rhododendrons,” he uses descriptive language to convey his point. I prefer “Arctic Rhododendrons” over “Trees at the Arctic Circle” because of its illustrative and very visual descriptions, as well as the personal addition at the closure. I appreciate “Trees at the Arctic Circle” for its statements and realizations towards the ending, but favour “Arctic Rhododendrons” for its subject matter and many uses of poetic
This passage from “A white Heron”, by Sarah Orne Jewett, details a short yet epic journey of a young girl, and it is done in an entertaining way. Jewett immediately familiarizes us with our protagonist, Sylvia, in the first paragraph, and our antagonist: the tree. However, this is a bit more creative, as the tree stands not only as an opponent, but as a surmountable object that can strengthen and inspire Sylvia as she climbs it. This “old pine” is described as massive, to the point where it, “towered above them all and made a landmark for sea and shore miles and miles away.” (Line 8). This kind of description shows the reader how impressive and majestic this tree is, as it puts a vivid picture in the reader’s mind as something that is not only unrivaled in terms of altitude, but it can also be seen from the sea, which highlights its stature as a wholly independent object. Old as it is, this pine is strong, and does not need any assistance from the ecosystem surrounding it. The importance of this giant tree, along with other details that make the story more interesting, is what dramatizes this young heroine’s adventure.
Heavily influenced by Max Weber, Peter Berger was interested in the meaning of social structures. Berger’s concern with the meaning societies give to the world is apparent throughout his book The Sacred Canopy (1967), in which he drew on the sociology of knowledge to explain the sociological roots of religious beliefs. His main goal is to convince readers that religion is a historical product, it is created by us and has the power to govern us.
Take a look at an apple tree, the tree lives in the perfect world, growing in a stable environment, compared to the struggling world that the Joshua tree undergoes. In the book “The Glass Castle” written by Jeannette Walls, the following quote took my interest and sparked great wisdom. “Mom frowned at me. “You’d be destroying what makes it special,” she said. “It’s the Joshua tree’s struggle that gives it its beauty.”(Walls 38). In this quote, Mary Walls indicates to Jeannette to stop thinking about preventing the tree to grow ordinary and un-special; she describes that it struggles for a reason and that is to give it its beauty. This quote metaphorically represents how the hidden, unique beauty that the Joshua tree acquires after it goes through difficult environmental circumstances makes it exotic, and stand out from any other tree.
The organizational structure of the USFS is to build employee identification with the organization in addition to and training recruitment. They have distinct uniforms that identify them as Rangers and are unique and different from other public services. Transferring is encouraged to broaden the outlook of ranger and promotions usually only happen by accepting a transfer. Kaufman points to the Rangers early years when he states, “he never has time to sink roots in the communities in which he sojourns so briefly… Only one thing gives any continuity, any structure, to his otherwise fluid world: The Service… Thus, the Forest Service acquires a more or less fraternal aura for its newer members.” ( p. 178) The practice of promoting from within the organization means that higher ranked officers have experienced the same challenges as their subordinates. In addition, promotions are on merit, as seen by superior officers, this is done to motivate subordinates to follow the structure within the organization. The chain of command, having a paramilitary structure, and identity, all contribute to the fraternity nature of the ranger. All are valid points that support Kaufman’s argument of compliance within the organizational structure of the USFS. However, he uses such a high-level political science approach at times it is difficult to understand the points he attempts
I saw the light filtering in from the trees, making them sparkle. The greenest greens I had ever seen were glowing in the trees and underbrush. Then I looked down, and saw the millions of insects swarming in a frenzy like a cloud, The menacing jaguar stared at me, nearly licking his chops, I knew then that I was most likely going to die. Stretching before me was the Amazon Rainforest. This extreme environment, the Amazon, is not an online store, at least not in this case. In fact, the Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world. It is roughly the size of the 48 consecutive United States (according to Mongabay). This extreme location is caused primarily due to weather and air masses. As a result, this has created a thriving ecosystem rich
Dana Gioia’s poem, “Planting a Sequoia” is grievous yet beautiful, sombre story of a man planting a sequoia tree in the commemoration of his perished son. Sequoia trees have always been a symbol of wellness and safety due to their natural ability to withstand decay, the sturdy tree shows its significance to the speaker throughout the poem as a way to encapsulate and continue the short life of his infant. Gioia utilizes the elements of imagery and diction to portray an elegiac tone for the tragic death, yet also a sense of hope for the future of the tree. The poet also uses the theme of life through the unification of man and nature to show the speaker 's emotional state and eventual hopes for the newly planted tree. Lastly, the tree itself becomes a symbol for the deceased son as planting the Sequoia is a way to cope with the loss, showing the juxtaposition between life and death.
Elijah Anderson is an author of the text that was read of Urban Experience; it’s titled as The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life. As I read through the text, it made me wondered if places that I’ve been to is considered as part of cosmopolitanism or ethnocentrism. Elijah stated that cosmopolitanism embrace the individuality and achievement, especially through education and experience (p. 189). On the other hand, ethnocentrism embrace the loyalty to their own ethnic group (p. 189). Both of them typically applied onto non-white people, more specifically African-Americans’ attitude and their cultural assumptions and behaviors that come within. It seems that in order to have the particular location to embrace the cosmopolitan
After his introduction, Thomas introduces the elm tree that fell in his backyard with an anecdote. Thomas begins to appeal to the mournful emotions of his audience admitting that the “...normal-looking elm…” , (in one week) would be “...gone, passed over, departed, taken” (Thomas 1). Thomas shows how, like humans, life can be taken away quickly at moment’s notice. Thomas appeals to mournful emotions in order to make his audience think deeply of the death of an elm tree. Thomas discusses
The compass plant has a history that may never be seen again. In the essay “Good Oak” the oak trees history and future are a little brighter than the dwindling compass plant. Leopold states about the Oaks, “They will come back to me again, perhaps as red apples, or perhaps as a spirit of enterprise in some fat October squirrel, who, for reasons unknown to himself, is bent of planting acorns” (19). In part two the connection of history and nature is less abundant than in part one, but it still makes a link between the past and nature. In the first part of the essay “On Top” Leopold writes about the history of an Arizona town before the explosion of transportation. Leopold says, “Today the plane has given even the sky to Tom, Dick, and Harry” (131). This essay shows a history of a simpler time. In part two the essay links the mountain man to the past in contrast to part one which connects trees, compass plants, and nature to the past instead of
The tropical rain forest is one of the major vegetation types of the globe (Richards, 2006; Whitmore, 1998). It occupies a total area of 1818.43 million hectares, representing 47% of the total land area occupied by all forest types of the world (FAO, 2003). The tropical rain forest is the most diverse of all terrestrial ecosystems, containing more plant and animal species than any other biome (Turner, 2001). In spite of this diversity, most species are locally endemic or rare and patchily distributed (Richards, 2006). It is worthy to note that in recent times, the concern has been to concentrate conservation effort in the tropical rainforest because of its richness in biodiversity. This rainforest is one of the major vegetation belts in Nigeria. It consists of the moist tropical, and the lowland semi-deciduous forests, which form a narrow strip of green belt, a few kilometres inland along the coast and covers a total area of 13,300,000ha (Akinnagbe, 2001).
The Tropical Rainforest is a hot and humid area. Here, there are many exotic species including plants and animals. Because rain falls there all year long, the forest contains dense canopies of vegetation.
Ori and the Blind Forest, is a beautiful story about family, loss, and growing up, and it manages to tell this tale without dialogue or cut scenes. Ori begins with a powerful storm shakes the ancient, life sustaining Spirit Tree, and a single, magical leaf is blown away, only to land in the forest down below. The leaf, turns out to be a cat-like creature named Ori. Ori is found and adopted by the kind Naru, who takes Ori under her wing and raises her as her own. The duo lives a happy life until one, fateful night, when the Spirit Tree is corrupted, causing the forest to become "blind" and dying. With everything that he cares about at stake, Ori find the spirit called Sein and sets off to restore the Spirit Tree and save the forest
As they hurried through the dark raffia bamboo forest the ground seems to be moving at the same speed. An unusual quiet atmosphere in a park full of plenty of birds and wild animals. Bobga said: This lightning and thunder in the midst of the dry season is not normal.
The Magic Willow Tree stands out in the clump of bushes and dead redwoods like a bright blue stone in surrounded by grey pebbles. Arvati, my little sister and I go there every night, after my mom shrieks had silenced and my dad 's drunken state had driven him into the a stupor. I would take her hand and push her outside, away from the smoky scent and smell of whiskey into the fresh air, tinted with pollution, but undoubtedly cleaner than the stench that invested my nightmares when I stayed “home”.