this sounds very reckless and Anne of Green Gables, doesn't it? I might as well imagine sleeping in a wild cherry tree, eh? (incidentally: in accompaniment to previous link, this modernized version of Anne has a tumblr. and a twitter, also. I mention them all just in case the subtler, more snippet-like instances of such an adaptation intrigue you as much as they do me. someday all fictional characters will be on twitter, following each other, I imagine. what a day that will be.)Callery pear trees. a common deciduous shade tree with wood fine enough for flute-making. they come with wild faeries that come alive in the wind, just like the cottonwood.
the Callery pear also comes with a rather dreadful scent. everyone on campus has been complaining about it these last few weeks. here, in an unconscious-that's-just-how-the-technology-works-after-all way, I have kindly snipped the image of these white-bloomed trees away from their weird smell. you can enjoy the brightness of them, separate.
the internet also tells me that this species comes from China and Vietnam. what are they doing in Indiana at all? how did they get here? whose idea was it to cover Purdue campus in them?
Purdue Arboretum Explorer. I might have to spend more time there feeding my curiosity. there are tours outlined. maps you can click around in. the page about the Callery pear even comes with three and a half minutes of audio outlining the arboreal details of the cultivar. I wonder whose voice that is. I wonder who else ever uses this site and for what. I wonder if it would be useful for my writing-and-place class in the fall.
I don't wonder so much what it's like to sleep in a tree like this. sleeping is difficult enough when you're not worried about bugs and gravity. someday I'll kick off my shoes and try climbing one, though. maybe after all the tiny, crazy, weirdly-perfumed petal-faeries have blown away.