Amble and Muse

What I'm Reading: All About the Trees

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 27, 2019 10:42:28 AM / by Kate Cholakis

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Sharing my finds, with the hope that you will share yours as well. 

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What I'm Reading (1/15/18)

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 15, 2018 11:00:33 AM / by Kate Cholakis

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What I'm Reading (9/1/17): Adaptive Reuse and the Role of the Past

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 13, 2017 8:00:00 PM / by Kate Cholakis

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What I'm Reading (8/1/17): Uncertainty

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 1, 2017 7:00:00 PM / by Kate Cholakis

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Published Story about Spring Ephemerals

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 18, 2017 8:09:18 PM / by Kate Cholakis posted in landscape, botany, plants, horticulture, ecology, ecosystem

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A short piece I wrote, "Finding Mindfuless in the Ephemeral", was published in t.e.l.l. New England's online magazine. Read the piece, and the larger issue, online here. If you have difficulty viewing the magazine in Issuu, you can also read the piece here.

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What I'm Reading (05/29/17): Plants, Books, and Concrete

[fa icon="calendar'] May 30, 2017 9:06:50 PM / by Kate Cholakis

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Plant Profile: Hudsonia tomentosa

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 30, 2017 3:46:19 PM / by Kate Cholakis

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Getting to Know Woolly Hudsonia
[Also known as sand false heather, woolly beach-heather, and poverty grass]

Hudsonia tomentosa is gray and brown for much of the year. A woody, evergreen, low shrub, this plant roots firmly in the sandy soils of coastal dunes. It crouches low in response to desiccating winds and salt spray, and prefers the backdune, which provides some shelter. Its ruggedness is necessary: the environmental conditions are harsh. Woolly hudsonia does what it needs to stay alive here. There is suspicion that it releases root toxins to discourage the growth of plants that might shade it out if allowed to thrive. This subshrub, which looks more like a groundcover, needs full sun. Despite its ruggedness, it cannot survive even a modest trample. Yet it plays an important role in the heathland ecosystem, stabilizing soils and minimizing erosion. Beach heather spreads cautiously; a colony can take the form of a series of graying clumps dotted across a bald landscape.

In June, something spectacular happens. The gray, patchy carpet changes hue completely as small, yellow flowers bloom at the tips of each scaly stalk. Catching it in bloom is wonderful, though this moment is ephemeral. 

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What I'm Reading (02/26/17): The Beauty and State of the Earth

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 26, 2017 10:25:04 AM / by Kate Cholakis

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What I'm Reading (02/04/17): Learning What's at Stake, Finding Inspiration

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 4, 2017 5:40:35 PM / by Kate Cholakis

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What I'm Reading (01/22/17): Protests, Public Space, Race, and Memory

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 22, 2017 9:03:43 PM / by Kate Cholakis

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