The Hidden Life of Trees
This brief profile on German forest ranger Peter Wohlleben, entitled German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too, is a fantastic read.
I happened across a mention of the article through Twitter, when someone posted up a screenshot of this text:
I think much of this knowledge (that plants share a kind of networked communications system) is commonplace – at least, I remember seeing something about this on a science doc some years ago.
But it sounds like Wohlleben’s approach to describing things is what has been winning people over. Whlie the article itself is a great teaser, it hints at content that I’m assuming (hoping) is in the book.
Which isn’t available yet in English. Until September, 2016.
I hope the translation does the original justice. It’s funny, but I never really knew how important translators were, until I realized I had become “used” to William Weaver’s translations of Calvino.
Towards the end of the article, the topic seems to slide a bit into work and careers – something else that I hope will be explored in the book. I’ll leave you with this great line:
[Photo via Gordon Welters]