They’re the oldest and largest living things on earth. They make and cleanse most of the air that we breathe — we literally couldn’t survive without them. Perhaps it’s because I’m currently reading Richard Powers’ marvelous tree-centric novel The Overstory, that I keep thinking about these ancient chroniclers of time. If flowers are the earth’s children, trees are its elders, the faithful storers of its wisdom.
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“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Listen to the trees talking in their sleep…what nice dreams they must have!”
“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
“From barren brown stems to glistening leaf-buds; from the leaf-buds to snowy virginity of bloom…It was like a flute song forgotten in another existence and remembered again.”
~Zora Neale Hurston
“An orange tree would rather die than produce lemons, whereas instead of dying the average person would rather be someone they are not.”
“When you’re outnumbered by trees your perspective shifts.”
~Jessica Marie Baumgartner