While the term arborglyphs is usually reserved for the tree carvings of Basque and Irish sheepherders who used aspen trunks to communicate with one another came to the United States to tend sheep in places like the Pacific Northwest and Nevada (see a beautiful slide show of Basque arborglyphs from Nevada HERE) there’s a strange poetry to the furtively carved initials and hearts that scar the aspens along the old road to Cripple Creek. Usually little more than crude initials, a heart and perhaps a date, these scratchings, taken as a whole, are less acts of senseless vandalism than amorous expressions inspired in part, no doubt, by the irresistible beauty of the aspens.

Obviously, we don’t advocate carving into these beautiful and delicate trees (read more about their amazing biology HERE), but we do recommend heading up Old Stage and Gold Camp Roads this fall to catch the spectacular displays of color.

The music in this piece is “Song for Obol” by Arborea (who are rumored to be playing Colorado Springs sometime in the next week or so, and will definitely play The Walnut Room in Denver on September 30). You can download it for free by clicking on the downward pointing arrow in this player:

 

4 Responses to Arborglyphs on Goldcamp Aspens

  1. Mike Procell says:

    Beauteous! And thanks for the word of the day: Arborglyphs

  2. Nancy Wilsted says:

    That was lovely.

  3. Matt Payne says:

    Sweet. When I heard the promo my first reaction was: “why are they advocating this!” Glad it was not the case =D

  4. Kurt Schwemmer says:

    The music is amazing!

News

Wes Lindamood/NPR
June 29, 2016 | NPR · The National Park Service is racing to record soundscapes of each park that capture nature for the ear. “If we start to lose sounds of wilderness, we start to lose a piece of us,” one scientist says.
 

Getty Images
June 29, 2016 | CPR · The state legalized marijuana at the start of 2014 for anyone 21 or older. An increasing rate of Latino and black youths were arrested for violating that age limit, even as the white arrest rate fell.
 

NPR
June 28, 2016 | NPR · A public health campaign to sell Africans on the virtues of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes — bred for higher Vitamin A levels — has helped combat malnutrition on the continent.
 

Arts & Life

June 28, 2016 | NPR · It seems everyone has one: the eccentric relative much gossiped about. For Walter Shapiro, it’s his great-uncle, Freeman Bernstein. The vaudeville manager, boxing promoter, card shark and stock swindler managed to scam the Third Reich. Shapiro writes about this in his new book, Hustling Hitler.
 

June 28, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Stuart Stevens, a former strategist for Mitt Romney, whose new novel, The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear, tells the story of a neck-and-neck Republican primary campaign that ends up at a brokered convention.
 

June 28, 2016 | FA · Herr’s 1977 book, Dispatches, was based on his time covering the Vietnam War. He also contributed to the films Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket. Herr died last week. Originally broadcast in 1990.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
June 28, 2016 | NPR · Banning Eyre reviews two albums from artists who are reinventing classic sounds from Puerto Rico: iLe’s iLevitable and Miramar’s Dedication to Sylvia Rexach.
 

Folk Alley
June 28, 2016 | FolkAlley · Hear the rising young Appalachian singer-songwriter perform live from the Adirondack Mountains.
 

NPR
June 28, 2016 | NPR · In performance together, the venerated saxophonist and the ubiquitous pianist perform three tunes that draw from their past while still looking to the future.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab