This week, we love:
Did you know that there are male and female maple trees? In autumn, the leaves of male maple trees turns red, while the leaves of female trees turn orange or yellow. (While trees can be “gender fluid”, having both male and female leaf clusters on a single trunk, mostly they self-organize).
So cool, right?
I read a statistic once that an average child can recognize hundreds of brand logos, but only nine species of tree.
I was horrified.
Let’s fix that by looking at a few!
This is a Colorado Blue Spruce.
. This is a pine tree. I love how noticeably different the leaves are.
This is an elm tree. Here is an elm leaf.
Trees obviously do a lot for the eco-systems of the world, no matter what continent we live in. If their leaves fall, the fallen leaves become mulch for the earth. They provide important habitats for wildlife. They improve the soil—both by anchoring it with their roots, but also by providing a lot of organic material. They clean the air, by absorbing carbon dioxide emissions and releasing oxygen.
Trees have always inspired people.
(whether it’s paintings by Tom Thomson)
(or music made by putting a slice of a trunk on a record player—seriously, go listen to that right now if you haven’t already).
Dendrophilia: literally means “love of trees”. Are you a dendrophiliac?
Trees are amazing: so functional, beautiful, grounding, and healing. Some people would even call them magic. Take some time to hug a tree the next time you see one. You might get hugged back.
Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life. (Herman Hesse, “Trees: Reflections and Poems)
(Images via: Stocksnap)