As a graduate student majoring in Vertebrate Zoology at Auburn, I was an 11th hour convert to botany. I’ll tell that story another time. And for that shift of attention and interest towards the plant world, I have ever been thankful. This epiphany has meant that, ever since that conversion in 1970, in every forest I see the trees. There are no anonymous, amorphous green places. Green places have faces, you might say.  And in them, I see old friends, as I have alluded …

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