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

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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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Thursday Tree Love: Southern Live Oak

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This broad “Southern Live Oak” stands in the median across the street from the neighborhood park where my children used to play. Its branches reach gracefully over two two streets. Many years ago, I joined a group of neighbors to plant red and white azalea bushes around the tree. You might be able to see the last of the red azalea blooms on the left. This tree feels like a neighborhood landmark and guardian. When David and I walk to the park, we often cross under its branches to the next street before turning toward home.

Here are some close ups:

Tree across from Park trunk

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

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Thursday Tree Love: Gifts on the Sidewalk

In the hardest places

The odd thing about this petal is that I thought it came from my neighbor’s tree. But when I went back to look at the suspected donor, evidence suggested otherwise.
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The delicate petals decorating the sidewalk under the tree were much smaller than the petal in my meme. I didn’t see a clear source for the heart-shaped petal, though it might have been from a camelia.

I believe the tiny petals are cherry blossoms, and that the tree is a cherry tree. 

The pink color was more vivid a couple days ago when I was apparently “too busy” to take a photo. Lesson learned. It’s still a lovely tree. I love the dappled shade it provides.

Isn’t it marvelous how different trees and flowers bloom at different times?

Walking around my neighborhood has given me fresh perspectives.

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May the sustaining beauty of creation continue to bless us all through these hard times.

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

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Thursday Tree Love: Dogwood Blossoms

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Staying home encourages me to take a closer look at nature’s abundance right outside my door. First I was drawn to this twilight sky then noticed the dogwood silhouette.

During the day, the dogwood blossoms have a translucent quality that’s hard to capture with my amateur photography skills, but I still try.

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I discovered a single blossom on the ground almost under my feet.

It must have been a gift

from the tree to me and from me to you.

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Thursday Tree Love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur

on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

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Old City Trees #ThursdayTreeLove

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Yesterday evening as David and I drove through historic downtown, I took a closer look at the old trees lining the streets and medians. They coexist with cars, pollution, and wires. Some have been cut into unnatural shapes to give right of way to electrical lines. This was easier to see since it’s still winter and the leaves are sparse. This type of cutting can not be good for the trees, but most seem to adapt.

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Still, the old city trees, which are mostly oaks, persevere. They’ve given us oxygen, shade, and habitat for birds, bugs, and squirrels for more years than any living person can remember.

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Imagine the vast underground network of roots and connecting organisms that hold this community of trees together through storms and human interference

Please join me in sending  gratitude, love, and respect to old city trees everywhere

and to those working to protect them.  

Thursday Tree Love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. You’ll find more tree love below:

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Thursday Tree Love: Early Bloomer

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At the parking lot last week, I spotted the year’s first blooming tree. It must be a Bradford pear tree. They’re early bloomers, so they must be hardy, because there’s still the remote possibility of frost in February.

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Bradford pear trees don’t normally produce fruit as far as I know,

but they have lovely blossoms.

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In a few months, leaves will replace the blossoms and provide welcome shade for the parking lot.  I love how deciduous trees let the sunshine in for winter, then give us shade in the summer, and of course there’s the oxygen. Blossoms are a bonus.

There’s so much to love about trees.

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

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