Books of the month: March
In March I only read one book. I worked a ton and for almost two weeks we hosted our good friends Ana and Matheus from V I V A C E F I L M E S.
We had a great time with them here in San Diego and were pretty busy all the time, so I didn't have much free time to read. The only book I read, however, was pretty fascinating, one that completely changed the way I see trees.
I have always been fascinated by them, but after reading "The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from a Secret World", by Peter Wohlleben, my fascination was taken to a whole different level.
This book take us on an amazing journey into the enchanted world of trees - sentient, purposeful beings living in dynamic relationships with each other.
Trees are not only fundamental to life on the planet; they also have a sense of time, memories, they share nutrients and communicate with each other..
"Together we rise, divide we fall", the author says at one point when referring to the fact that a tree can only be healthy and have a long life if it is part of a well-functioning forest. The individual is intrinsically connected to the collective.
“The wood wide web has been mapped, traced, monitored, and coaxed to reveal the beautiful structures and finely adapted languages of the forest network. We have learned that mother trees recognize and talk with their kin, shaping future generations. In addition, injured tress pass their legacies on to their neighbors, affecting gene regulation, defense chemistry, and resilience in the forest community. These discoveries have transformed our understanding of trees from competitive crusaders of the self to members of a connected, relating, communicating system. Ours is not the only lab making these discoveries-there is a burst of careful scientific research occurring worldwide that is uncovering all manner of ways that trees communicate with each other above and below ground.”
- We do have a lot to learn from trees.
I don't want to tell more about the book and spoil your reading experience; all I gotta say is that this book should be an obligatory reading at every school. It is written with love, compassion, gentleness and humor, and although it shares a lot of scientific information, it is a very easy and pleasant reading.
It was a true joy to read this book and I will certainly get back to it every now and then..