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HANGING UP THE HAT
Here
in Philadelphia, there are trees and then there are trees. On
this particular day, I was hunting for the first kind of tree. It
goes by the name of mountain laurel.   It’ll never be the biggest tree in the
woods.  It’ll never be the kind of tree
that s...

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THE PHILADELPHIA PALIMPSEST
Of
all the many things that Henry David Thoreau once said aloud or wrote down,
there is one particular quote that has tormented and spooked the generations of
nature-writers and tree-hunters to come. In Wildness is
the preservation of the world. He
wrote th...

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THE PHILADELPHIA PALIMPSEST
Of
all the many things that Henry David Thoreau once said aloud or wrote down,
there is one particular quote that has tormented and spooked the generations of
nature-writers and tree-hunters to come. In Wildness is
the preservation of the world. He
wrote th...

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PHILLY FLOWER CHATTER
People
are always asking me: Hey, Jon Spruce,
enjoying the weather? It
sure is pretty to think so. In
all actuality, this is my busy season, not much time to enjoy the weather.   This is the time of year when I need to rise
up the ranks, get my name out the...

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PHILLY FIRST BLOSSOM FRONT
Citybillies,
it’s confession time. The
rumors are true.   I’ve sold out. Jon
Spruce has officially signed on the dotted line. For
two years now, I have meticulously and courageously hunted down and archived the
kingdom of Philly trees but, behind the scenes...

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WINTER DISPATCHES
Still Continues
to snow fast, looks gloomy… …Mrs Reid of
Keysburg, Virg, with us, wood Scarce, difficult to get anymore… …snow fast yet
new snow about 3 feet deep, wind Southwest, no Sign of clearing off… ..and on the
twelfth, fell in with some of the India...

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THE POLAR VORTEX
I
woke up this morning and immediately checked my surroundings for any subtle,
mysterious changes. Nope. Same old urban cabin. Same
old Jon Spruce. Crawling
out of the warm blankets, I shivered over to the kitchen window. Looked
like the coast was clear and...

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THE POLAR VORTEX
I
woke up this morning and immediately checked my surroundings for any subtle,
mysterious changes. Nope. Same old urban cabin. Same
old Jon Spruce. Crawling
out of the warm blankets, I shivered over to the kitchen window. Looked
like the coast was clear and...

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THE POLAR VORTEX
I
woke up this morning and immediately checked my surroundings for any subtle,
mysterious changes. Nope. Same old urban cabin. Same
old Jon Spruce. Crawling
out of the warm blankets, I shivered over to the kitchen window. Looked
like the coast was clear and...

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THE AMERICAN ILEX
It’s coming on
Christmas, they’re cutting down trees… Joni Mitchell Don’t
you wish every morning could be like Christmas morning? T’is
the season…waking up in the cozy warmth of a comfy bed, the birds singing in
the bare branches outside the urban cabin win...
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