I hear a bird and I hear the water brushing over the dam. The bark of this tree feels cool and smooth. The floor underneath me feels soft, so I’m thinking it’s not just the clay I’m standing on. There must be some leaf litter or pine needles, and everything feels a little wet from the hard rain last night. It smells damp, which is always nice. It’s cool out. Kind of a nice temperature. When you’re walking, you’re not feeling too warm. I hear the geese. I’m thinking there is probably a water body near, which there is; there’s the lake. I hear thrashing in the water. I feel great. It’s always nice to take a walk, and after a walk, you feel refreshed and your mind is clear. -Joele Emma, Director of Education at Asheville Greenworks.
Redwoods have this immense energy—there is so much massive, living wood there. I felt overwhelmed at first coming into contact with them. When I went to the desert, I enjoyed the desert forests. The openness. You have this pine that may be small but it’s old, and you can see the tenacity of all it’s been through.