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Festival of the Trees #26

August 1st, 2008

It’s time for the August 1st, 2008 edition of the Festival of the Trees!  This week I find myself off traipsing (is that really a word?) across the north-central U.S. straggling from park to campground while seeking wifi connections.  We’ve ventured through oak-hickory forests, flooded farmland and endless cornfields.  No matter how often I’ve traveled this or another country, I’m amazed at the changing nature of the land (and especially the plant life) around us.   But here from the road is the Festival of the Trees.

As we enter the warmest days of summer, we are thankful for the shade of trees. The mornings have been cool, and the evenings bring a welcome respite from the heat of the day.  But could we ever imagine what our world might look like without the magic of trees?   It might look like those endless cornfields, or the pasture beyond the trees with a nice grassy meadow that is cut for hay every year.  But quite empty!

Of course deserts and oceans have their magic, yet I find that trees bring a unique contrast and perspective to life and somehow provide an extension of our vision and imagination.  This picture for example, taken by a 7-year old, sought the blue sky through the canopy of White Oak leaves and reaches through treetops for something more.

blue sky oak canopy

We so often lose our childlike wonder as we grow older, but seeing nature through the eyes of children allows us to remember it.  Seabrooke shares such wonder from children of the past and the heritage of The Royal Oak posted at The Marvelous in Nature.

Silvia, aka Salix Tree of Windywillow, shares a beautiful stand of Beech Woods.  Few trees strike such a magical chord within… I could get lost for hours among such gnarled branches!

And Wendy at Naturally Connected finds A Tree with a Special Message Inside, wondering if anyone else has seen something similar?

If you’ve ever been among the Giant Sequoias you almost feel messages of a different kind, and are humbled by the thousands of years they have stood tall among the moments of time on earth.  How does one grasp any sense of perspective while laying among the feet of these sentinels and looking up for hundreds of feet?

giant sequoias skyward

Rebecca from Pocahontas County Fare shares a more reflective view of Coleridge and how our imagination is often different from reality with This Basswood Bower My Prison (and those Rain Lizards are pretty neat too). 

Sometimes the same trees bring understanding and joy in new ways.  Shai Gluskin from EveryDayandEveryNight.com reflects on the personal history of a neighborhood tree with Linden Light and Shadow.

Yet so often our imagination reigns supreme. Jean at Tasting Rhubarb shares some shadowy Tree Creatures from the past.  They remind me of autumn, not so far off now, and becoming dizzy with flickering light and shadow while driving down a tree lined drive. 

Jane at Wrenaissance Reflections wonders Is There an Xfile for Trees?  I’ve seen many a storm damaged tree, but is there an explanation for this one?

And what would the roads of life be like without trees and forests?  I love a road that disappears among the trees for it conceals, for a moment perhaps, what new wonders lie beyond to surprise our fancy and stir the heart.

road into trees

Sometimes we know little about the journey in the same way that we know little about a tree.  Yet it’s the journey that often reveals so much.  Pam Johnson Brickell  falls in love with a Loblolly Bay in the Low Country Wild, and has the chigger bites to prove it!   The pictures reveal her beautiful artwork and notes.

Mary Farmer shares her love for the science of trees with Deciduous Trees in the Tropics posted at A Neotropical Savanna.   Her site is an amazing labor of love, and an educational bonanza for those who want to learn more about plants and trees.  Count me in… or maybe I should just take a trip to Panama!?

Maneesh from Bangalore, India doesn’t share much about the trees, but he does share some amazing pictures about his beautiful country and the Singara Tea Garden.  

Jade Blackwater presents a New Book Release by Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees posted at Arboreality – Tree Blogging.  Dr. Nadkarni’s book explores the countless ways that humans relate to trees in every aspect of our lives. Arboreality has so much about trees it’s amazing, and she shares the posts of several other bloggers below.  Thanks Jade!

In Stream of Thought at Anita’s Owl Creek Bridge we see a shadowy picture of a tree along a stream with equally shadowy thoughts.  I love the picture, and most of the poem….  Very creative and, ah, somewhat disturbing! 

Yet where some see shadow, others see light.  I am always amazed too by the size and shape of leaves.  Here we see Mulberry leaves glowing in the afternoon sun.

mulberry leaves in sun

Kate shares the connections she finds with Trees posted at Seeing is a Verb, and reaches even deeper to explore Trees, Roots and Suffering.

And Ash shares some interesting facts about Rock Whitebeams in Holyrood Park posted at Treeblog.  I didn’t even know there was such a tree!

The wonder of sharing our photography is that so few words are really necessary.  Something I forget at times, but Lene of Counting Petals reminds us quite simply that sometimes all we know of trees is what is left behind.  Almost like driftwood?  That might be a neat idea for a future edition of the Festival of the Trees, with pictures and stories of driftwood.

Yet today there is nothing left behind, and I thank all of the contributors for sharing your thoughts and creativity. I look forward to seeing you again… down that tree-lined road of our imagination.  Best wishes!

11 Responses to “Festival of the Trees #26”

  1. Maryon 01 Aug 2008 at 5:28 am

    What a nicely written, reflective carnival, with perfect images to go with it. Thanks for all the work!

  2. Ed Abbeyon 01 Aug 2008 at 7:58 am

    Very well done!

  3. Daveon 01 Aug 2008 at 10:14 am

    Looks good, Beau – thanks! Just starting to work my way through the links. Looks like a real good mix. (Did I really forget to send you a single link from Via Neg? What a terrible example I set this month!)

  4. Pamon 01 Aug 2008 at 11:52 am

    Beautifully written. Peaceful, just like being among trees. I’m looking forward to perusing the sites. Thanks!

  5. Jade Blackwateron 01 Aug 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Beautiful festival Beau! What a lovely collection – thank you for bringing us such a fine selection of links to explore.

    Cheers,
    Jade

  6. fairyellenon 01 Aug 2008 at 8:59 pm

    What a great diversity of sites, allowing us to see, share, and participate in the joy we all seem to experience as we intimately connect with earth’s gifts.

    Thank you for a great journey.

  7. seeingon 04 Aug 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Wonderful blog! where in missouri are you? i was near columbia (hartsburg) MO for the 4th at a friend blueberry farm. it was a wonderful trip. they live near the Missouri River. How beautiful!

  8. Beth W.on 06 Aug 2008 at 10:02 am

    This was a lovely festival. I had such good intentions. . . but failed to submit a single photo (and I live in a longleaf pine plantation!)

    Anyway, thanks for your effort, and providing me with some new links to terrific blogs.

  9. Beauon 06 Aug 2008 at 10:40 am

    Hi all- Thank you for the wonderful comments and feedback… and yes Dave, I didn’t find one… ;) We’re on a lengthy camping trip and internet access has been tough to find. I’m typing during a breakfast in Wisconsin, yippee for wifi! I loved reading and seeing all the sites, and thanks so much for contributing! See you at the next festival… Beau

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