Non-economic Trees

Common mynah

I got up before dawn this morning, taking a deep breath of fresh forest air.  We hurried to the marked spot. Getting nearer, we walked softer. My bird guide and I sat quietly to observe things around us. In the quiet atmosphere of the forest, sounds of singing birds and insects are like music. At this time of the year, local birds have already mated. Some still have nests. So, they go about their routine business.

Late in the morning, we came back to take a shower at the resort. I began to feel hungry. Our host greeted us with freshly baked cereal bread, just out of the oven. The bread was served with freshly brewed coffee. Umm! So nice! He persuaded me to try soft boiled rice with black mushroom. That was great too. No wonder why my guide helped himself to the large second bowl. This kind of mushroom is called ‘shi-i-ta-ke’ in Japan. “It’s used in Chinese, Japanese and many Asian cuisines.” Our host told us in a conversation. “We pick them twice a day.”

Small trees will grow

Still full from our late (and large) breakfast, we said goodbye at around noon time. I told him how I appreciated his hospitality, “See you again, I’m sure.” He smiled and said, “Next time you come, probably the non-economic trees will grow bigger. When they bare fruits, you can watch the birds from any where in our resort, even from your bed room.”

Hmm! What’s non-economic to man can be economic to bird. You don’t always need to think of financial gain to plant something.


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