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Trees

"Give me a land of boughs in leaf,
A land of trees that stand;
Where trees are fallen there is grief;
I love no leafless land."

-  A.E. Housman

The beauty of nature is so simple and undemanding that we often fail to perceive it. In the modern world we are deluged with artificial things that cut out our awareness of nature. Life in the forms Nature gives to us is beautiful; we just have to be conscious enough to be aware of it. All we have to do is look for nature’s beauty, and it is there all around us at any given moment.

When we simply walk surrounded by the wonders of Nature, we have a better chance of connecting ourselves to the Earth and to simplicity itself. I, myself, have always found trees extremely inspirational and spiritual because of their great longevity. The first thing I wanted to do when I moved to my new house was to plant a tree; to "put down roots". I find trees fascinating; I love to watch them spread their roots and grow and develop.

Since ancient times trees have been symbols of power, wisdom, fertility; even life itself.

Trees do not die of old age; they are generally killed by insects, disease or by people. California Bristlecone Pines and Giant Sequoias are regarded as the oldest trees and have been known to live 4,000 to 5,000 years.

Tress receive an estimated 90% of their nutrition from the atmosphere and only 10% from the soil. Trees grow from the top, not from the bottom as is commonly believed. A branch's location on a tree will only move up the trunk a few inches in 1000 years.

Some trees can "talk" to each other. When willows are attacked by webworms and caterpillars, they emit a chemical that alerts nearby willow of the danger. The neighbouring trees then respond by pumping more tannin into their leaves, making it difficult for the insects to digest the leaves. Trees can induce rainfall by cooling the land and transpiring water into the sky from their leaves. An acre of maple trees can put as much as 20,000 gallons of water into the air each day.

Trees have become part of our lives in four areas that are distinct, yet have elements of each other within them. They are represented in legends and myths, both from our culture and from others. Trees have also become deeply integrated in symbolism and are used in a variety of ways to convey messages related to the qualities that certain trees possess. The tree also appears in religion, where it is worshipped directly or used as a place around which to worship.

Even if we are unable to actually be close to trees very often, we can carry their spirit with us. When you are near trees you are touched by their auras; they are a vital part of the inheritance of mankind.

"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come."
-  Chinese proverb

Oak Tree

 
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