Following on from yesterday it is with great pleasure that I can bring to you another post on the tree - the ideas sent to me by one of our subscribers in Africa. It is wonderful when we can share our common love of art and if is very special when this love is of the work created by Mother Nature.
The motivation for M.B. to contribute these ideas arose through remembering that it is at Christmas time that many people realise how glorious is the tree as they seek to find the perfect one on which to hang their decorations. The content of this post was used in a Christmas greeting sent out by M.B.
Trees are the lungs of the planet!
Of late we have looked a little closer to trees That is because to me, trees are the most, most beauteous manifestation of creation on our little sphere hurtling through space.
I have never seen an unlovely tree! Even if it has been burnt, bent by the wind, or even hacked by a woodsman - if you stand back and look at the tree in its surrounds, you will find beauty in its shape, its leaves that continue to peep from nodes, or even in its twisted, gnarled austerity.
Lets look at some trees, and see what they mean to us.
There are trees near Auckland, the Pohutukawa trees, that are their natural Christmas trees.
Sequoia Trees reach for the heavens.
Baobab trees thrive in very arid areas.
Trees support Staghorn ferns.
Trees create avenues of green incandescence!
Trees are the 'homes of orchids'.
"I think that I shall never see
A poem, lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast.
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray.
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of Robins in her hair.
Upon whose bosom snow has lain
Has intimately lived with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
M.B. and I hope that everyone will take a moment to look at a tree, and discern its beauty and inner serenity.
The Scientists say that they have proved that trees talk to each other. You might like to check out the book "The Hidden Life of Trees" by Peter Wollheben.
Mario Lanza sings "Trees" in this recording from a live radio broadcast in 1952 where Ray Sinatra conducted.