Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Secret Forest in West Oakland

Through the hole in the fence, the trees seem small. But once you're inside, they are towering and tall, and the forest seems to go on all the way to the bay. Birds chirp, woodpeckers knock-knock, deers gallop gracefully, and mosses and lichens cover everything. Tiny wildflowers grow on the forest floor, and a small brook burbles and weaves its way through the threes. It is always slightly dark, due to the great height of the trees. They make a constant, low hum that makes it feel like time has stopped, and everything is going to continue just like this forever. A small blue tent sits almost invisibly underneath a great fir. Who lives in it, nobody knows.

This secret forest was not added to the map, because it is a secret.

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