Thursday, March 26, 2009


If my picture below is not a Balsam Fir I will immediately edit this tomorrow. It is not as old, of course, as The Mount. (I'd say it is at least 80 years old, so it began to grow up and cast its shadow on our seminary building in about its 20th year of its life here looking upon the Hudson). There are many of these firs in the grotto facing the WEST side of the building which divides the Redemptoristine Convent of Our Lady of Perpetual Help from our retreat house building. I would say there are more than 300 of these tall, sturdy, friendly and "protecting" trees here on our land.

Some nights we have owls up high hooting on their branches. The other night I went down to what we used to call Siloe, a small reflecting pond and prayer garden very close to the Hudson. Owls like the seclusion and the "rodent plenitude" of those spots. This one night, however, as I approached the Fir Grove at Siloe I could hear what definitely sounded like a pack of coyotes that were either attacking one of our deer or eating one of them and, maybe, looking for.....another interesting snack!!! Back up the hill I went quite quickly and into my home that the Friendly Fir pictured below shadows and "protects".

PS- Thanks to my friend, Fr. John Olenick C.Ss.R. who forwarded me the link to the article on depletion of migratory birds in the March 21st post below. THANKS FR. JOHN!!

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