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Val Corsaglia, Italian Piemonte

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We walked away from the village of Corsaglia along a trail that led through lush,

 

Species loss

 

nearly impenetrable oak, hazelnut, and chestnut woods, past ancient stone houses

 

ocean acidification

 

and shepherds’ huts, beside a rushing stream.  When we began to walk it was softly

 

ocean “dead zones”

 

raining.  The rain soon stopped, but the mist and cool soft air remained.

 

global freshwater crisis

 

Everywhere wildflowers—buttercups, daisies, scabiosa, Johnny jump-ups,

 

deforestation

 

button ferns, wild geraniums, wild strawberries.  Once, when the river

 

consequent soil erosion

 

curved away, a meadow opened up to our left, and it was so richly flowering

 

colony collapse disorder

 

that I could only think of the millefleurs foregrounds of medieval paintings,

 

                                     fertilizers and herbicides, chemically toxic soil

 

the thousand small flowers springing up around the Christ child.