February 2024

Vol. 52, No. 1

Musings from the Blind Birder: Birds, Balsam, and Wreaths

Martha Steele

Balsam Fir. Photograph by Plant Image Library.
Balsam Fir. Photograph by Plant Image Library.

Few things personify more my connection to my native Vermont than the balsam fir tree. A balsam Christmas tree stood tall in our living room each year, directly in front of a window facing the street for passersby to marvel at. Balsam wreaths adorned our door and a two-story window of multiple small panes. The delightful sweet and pungent fragrance of the balsam permeated our house. Our winter activities were often among coniferous woods dominated by balsam fir and spruces. Whether skiing, snowshoeing, or walking a foot path, the balsam fir gave the wintry scene life with its elegant shape and rich green texture.

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