The old birch trees that loomed over our commotion were cut down today to a basic nub. No longer were the birches homes for pileated woodpeckers or bark beetles but turned into fuel for fire and made way for our construction.
Mint green and pink bubble gum lichens colonized the branches we shifted creating gems amongst the misty landscape, motivation to look closer at the environment we were participating in. Rainy winds froze our noses and bare hands as we formed into worker ants extracting soil from the earth to create a trench for the foundation of our building.
Although our work involved heavy lifting and tiresome labor the forest shared its positive energy with us in the form of fresh air and interesting mushrooms to find on scattered logs.
This was a refreshing place to construct my first green building.
By: Siena McKim