Day 89: The Naming of Things

Publish date: Jul 26, 2019

I started this hike with a very poor knowledge of birds, trees, and flowers. A few days ago I hiked with Mad Max, who taught me a few trees, and today I hiked with another hiker, Yoshi, who taught me several more. Yoshi, I realized, often examines the flora while he walks, and stops when he sees something interesting. It’s obvious that he’s much more engaged with it than I am. Now that I know how to name these trees, I’m beginning to actually notice them. It’s like I was reading a book with lots of unknown words and now I am finally looking them up.