Sitting quietly under a tree on a beautiful Summer day, hearing the soft rustling sound of the leaves in the breeze.
Crossing an open field on a bitter cold winter’s day and taking shelter from the harsh cold wind at the edge of the forest.
Admiring birds perching in a nearby tree.
Walking a trail in the woods under a canopy of trees, feeling at peace and united with nature.
Leaning against the trunk of a tree, embracing it and sensing its healing energy flowing in.
What would we do, what would we become without trees ? We need them to survive much more than we think we do.
One of my favourite scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki wrote, along with writer Wayne Grady, a wonderful book about the life story of a tree, from it’s beginnings as a seed and expanding through the tree’s lifetime. Suzuki and Grady describe how the tree grows and receives nourishment and what role the tree plays in the forest throughout its life. It acts as a home to a succession of creatures and plays a crucial role in the water cycle, in breaking rock down into soil, and in removing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. Even after the tree dies, it provides a home for moss, ferns, and other plants, which use the tree as a nurse log, and it provides nutrients for insects and fungi. Tree also looks at the community of organisms that share the tree’s ecosystem and at the events going on in the larger world during the tree’s lifetime.
I went for a long walk a few weeks ago and was captivated by the great beauty of an old maple tree.
I took more photos of trees that day
If you are interested in David Suzuki’s book “Tree A Life Story”, click here to go to his website and learn more about it. I haven’t read it yet but I surely will.
I hope the weather will warm up here so we can really embrace Spring and see all the snow disappearing. We still have a lot here. I wish you all a wonderful week !