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Thursday Tree Love: Mushroom Treehouse

David and I saw this tree on one of our after dinner walks around the block. You might wonder if the tree is alive.

Here’s the view overhead:

This tree lives in southeastern North Carolina

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Thursday Tree Love: Close Encounter with Tall Pine

“…there can be occasions when we suddenly and involuntarily find ourselves loving the natural world with a startling intensity, in a burst of emotion which we may not fully understand, and the only word that seems to me to be appropriate for this feeling is joy”
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The vast network of roots

covered in hummus

provided cushioned support

Strong yet giving

So that each step along the trail

reverberated a soft drum beat

To my heart

As the river played along.

Old granite offered security

when the trail narrowed

or became steep while

Trunks and branches gave balance.

A tree called to me

Not with words or sounds

But reaching out in the cool breeze.

I laid hands on the rough bark

Sharing energy, healing,

Knowing without words

The power, the stability

Of this old, but not so old

Sentinel of the river forest.

I leaned into the power,

Inhaling its gifted oxygen.

Then let my eyes

Travel up, up, up

to the crown in the sky

Blessed with golden light.

My spirit filled with new life

My heart wanted to to stay forever

In wild communion.

Thursday Tree Love is hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. For more tree love, visit:


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Thursday Tree Love: Live Oak with Resurrection Fern

This live oak lives in an old cemetery in the southern US. Its far reaching branches are covered in resurrection fern. This fern grows on trees and other surfaces but it does not steal nutrients. It reproduces from spores rather than seeds and can often survive droughts during which it seems to dry up and then come back to life when water is available.

In addition to the photos, I’m sharing a video below, because it’s hard to get the whole tree in a photo.

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Thursday Tree Love: Landmark

On the way to the mountains in December 2011.

It’s been very hot here in the southeastern US, and I thought it might be nice to see some snow. This evergreen tree is a landmark for me on the way to the mountains where the air is about 20 degrees cooler. Seeing my landmark tree means we’re almost there. It stands out because it stands by itself with no close neighbors. It has stood there for many years, so maybe its roots connect with others through the underground network.

I think it’s interesting that the large branch reaching up on the left is almost like another tree. In 2011, when I took this photo from the car, I didn’t realize there were deer on the horizon until later when I zoomed in and cropped the photo.

Below is the same tree on the left taken more recently from further back. Perhaps it is in late winter. I hope to take another photo soon in late summer or autumn.

Thursday Tree Love is hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. For more tree love, visit: https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-93/


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Thursday Tree Love: Roots

“A tree’s beauty lies in its branches, but its strength lies in its roots.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

Roots provide a glimpse into the vast support network in an underground world we are only beginning to understand. I find them fascinating.

Here are a few photos I’ve taken of tree roots:

Do you see a lemur face peeking out on the left?

Roots offer footholds like steps on twisting trails.

Roots make cool hide outs for little animals.

Some roots look like legs that could walk away at any moment.

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Thursday Tree Love: Coupled

“For most of human history, we had no clue that trees were keeping the air on. Without trees, our life on earth would be impossible.”   Matthew Sleeth, MD, Author of Reforesting Faith,

I rarely share quotes with the word “impossible.” But I’m so thankful to trees for keeping the air on. I can’t imagine life without them.

Yesterday I had a wonderful hike in the gentle mountains of North Carolina. The system of  underground tree roots provided cushioned support as my footsteps seemed to reverberate with forest energy. The abundant oxygen and tree love gave me a natural high.

One tree that caught my attention might be two trees with a common base.

I see a lot of these in nature where humans have not interfered.
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Below is a closer look at the base with a spider web attached to one side. If this started as two trees, the root system must be so intertwined, they are like one tree.

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When trees are this dense, it’s not easy to separate them at the top. I think these sister trees could be maples.
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Here are some other close tree families I discovered on a nature trail at a rest area on the drive to the mountains. I sure needed that walk.

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Some trees live in close families, some stand alone. Either way, they adapt. I suspect the lone trees have long roots and find friends through an underground network. For all we know, they could have something like an organic internet dependent only on sun and rain.

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Thursday Tree Love: Staying Strong

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”    A. A. Milne

 

I discovered this tree along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the gentle mountains of North Carolina in the eastern US.

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It stands strong in spite of graffiti and being partially hollow.

 

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An elderly couple was sitting in its shade having a snack.

 

This is the view to the left of the tree:

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Thursday Tree Love: Cypress Trees

Walking along the creek, my husband and I saw several cypress trees.  Their feathery leaves remind me of wild bushy hair, and their trunks flare at the bottom like skirts.

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I suspect these are “bald cypress” who like to live near water and sometimes even in swamps. Their knobby knees, which are actually roots, grow up out of the water.

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As I lingered to take pictures, David walked a little ahead of me.

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More cypress trees on the right

 

He spied something dark near the creek bank and beckoned me to come see:

 

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The turtle dressed in algae wanted privacy, so we didn’t stay long.

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Thursday Tree Love: Perseverance

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Hiking in the Appalachian Mountains, we came upon this tree with long gaps in its trunk. From this side, the tree appeared to be almost hollow. I thought it might be dead.

But when my eyes followed the trunk all the way to the top, I saw green leaves on its branches high above.

Life goes on even with the challenges.
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I thought about what I’ve read of neighboring trees supporting the sick or injured with nourishment and support through an underground network.

The other side of the trunk looked more solid.
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I’m glad the caretakers of the trail have let this tree live and inspire us.

 

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Thursday Tree Love: Blooming Magnolia

I’ve been waiting for my neighbor’s magnolia tree to bloom, and here she is…

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…standing close to towering pines.

 

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Her arms reach out as if to embrace.

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This arm reaches for the sun.

 

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The flowers have a gentle lemony scent. The tree herself is strong and sturdy.

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Years ago, I visited a friend who had done some pruning on her magnolia tree. When the green leaves were burned, they made a loud crackling sound.

The magnolia is an evergreen tree, but some leaves do brown and fall to the ground naturally and hold rain water for little ones to drink.

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Thursday Tree Love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. For more Tree Love, visit:

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