Monday, February 28, 2011

Get Corked!

I admit it, I am fascinated by most things in nature, but this wonderful cork tree is a thing of beauty.  When people talk about renewable or sustainable resources thoughts usually turn to replanting, where it pertains to wood, paper or pulp, but the cork oak is never required to be cut down.  

Last night I watched a wonderful program that showed the hand harvesting of these wonderful trees.  I was impressed by the fact that modern technology has not come up with a way to do this with a machine; leaving it in the careful hands of generations of people who learn this skill & will continue to pass their knowledge on to future cork tree harvesters.  

It is amazing how such an old growth tree may remain majestic, it's unique forest housing & hosting a varied & unique  ecosystem unto itself.  

Cork will certainly receive more consideration from this earth friendly girl!

Be the change you want to see in the world!

1 comment:

Vegan Wheekers said...

That's an amazing looking tree!

And I like your new background. Very peaceful. :-)