Hawaiian hale (house), Hilo, Hawaii (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
by Glen Swartwout
Wood elves enjoy the remote reaches of deep rainforest, while wood hobbits rarely stray very far from comfort of the The Shire, but prefer to inhabit the cool forest edges. These Middle Earth dwellers are caretakers of forest glen and glade… they take care in how they interact with the trees and the other creatures of the wood… And even help restore the forest magic, nearly visible amongst the ferns, moss and faerie rings, which can entice the return of the Mu.
Sometimes humans or even an occasional orc make their way into the forest, and one can tell where they have passed. They use machetes to slash their way through the underbrush, wasting no time and taking no care to leave the forest in better shape than they found it. Saplings slashed carelessly to a point create a weaponized forest terrain, where one slip on a wet guava root could be deadly. That is why the hobbits and elves, when they cut a tree, cut it flush with the ground with a limb saw. One can even step on the remaining stump by chance and not realize it. No pain. No danger. No harm. Read the rest of this entry
Inside view of lava tree at Hawaii Lava Tree State Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
by Glen Swartwout
“I’m off to the Lava Tree…” said one hobbit to his fellow.
“Mind you don’t fall in!” came a retort of caution….
You see, lava tree moulds are holes in the earth that can easily be ten feet deep and up to two or three feet wide, a mould formed around a tree by a lava flow, leaving a void where the tree once stood. At the bottom of the hole is typically a bit of a wider bell where the butt end of the tree broadened out into its root structure.
If you see a Lava Tree sign on a small building that looks like a hobbit’s hideaway, or maybe a tardis… It’s a pun (remember we are located in Puna): if it were a real lavatory, it would have hot and cold running water, not just hot (and actually the best place for that hot nitrogenous water is just beyond the drip line of the orchard trees, banana plants or best of all – coconut palms). Since a tree mould is like a glass bottle, a deep one is a perfect container for long-term humanure composting. When full, simply move the Lava Tree structure to the next deep gaping hole to fill, and plant a tree with a tap root. It will be one happy tree! Read the rest of this entry