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Thursday Tree Love: Transformation

“Death does not have the last word; God has the last word, and that word is love.”

Forward Day by Day

twisted tree with wounds and moss

We are beginning to understand that trees are connected by an underground network which allows them to communicate with and support each other. Writing about Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees, Richard Grant writes this in Smithsonian Magazine:

Once, he came across a gigantic beech stump in this forest, four or five feet across. The tree was felled 400 or 500 years ago, but scraping away the surface with his penknife, Wohlleben found something astonishing: the stump was still green with chlorophyll. There was only one explanation. The surrounding beeches were keeping it alive, by pumping sugar to it through the network.
Read more here.
The communal life of trees suggests a different awareness of life and death as we’ve know it.  In a natural forest, seemingly dead trees provide habitat for all kinds of small animals as well as living moss and lichen. What we perceive as dead and dying trees are very important for the life of a forest. However, this living system is destroyed in Christmas tree “farms” and wherever trees are clear cut.
This new awareness of how trees live in nature reinforces my fascination with a tree I discovered near the Linville River. I did not photograph the top of the tree, because there wasn’t much there from my perspective. The tree appeared to be dead. But the life growing on its trunk was beautiful.
tree wound with moss (2)
tree wound with moss
tree wound
The tree’s root system is part of the trail and strong enough to walk on. Maybe this tree is not dead as we tend to interpret death. Science teaches us that energy and matter cannot be created or destroyed, but they can be transformed.
twisted tree with wounds and moss
Love-tree-with-heart-shaped-branches-and-birds
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: