There’s Something About Trees

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.”
~John Muir

“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!”
~L.M. Montgomery

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
~Khalil Gibran

“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.”
~Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“When you’re outnumbered by trees your perspective shifts.”
~Jessica Marie Baumgartner


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63 Responses to There’s Something About Trees

  1. wjwingrove97 says:

    I love trees…👍👍

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  2. pastorpete51 says:

    Awesome photos! I love trees of all kinds and find walking quietly among them gives me space to think and talk to their designer.

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  3. Very unique and beautiful pictures!

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  4. Willow Croft says:

    Oh, that book was heartbreaking…

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  5. Richard Powers’ book is amazing. I can no longer look at trees the same way again.

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  6. Todd R says:

    Love this gallery! I had posted something about Psalm 55:12-13 and how “the trees of the field shall clap their hands” If trees are this amazing here, imagine them in perfected glory!

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  7. revruss1220 says:

    These are absolutely AMAZING pictures! My wife in the next room – hearing me “ooo!” and “ahhh!” here in the kitchen – called out, “What’s wrong, sweetie?” It took me back to early memories of tree climbing as a young man. That was one of my favorite places to get away and be alone.
    So… it sounds as if you recommend “Overstory,” eh?

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  8. Erika says:

    Wow, those trees are breathtaking, mysterious, and even scary. As if there was another being in them.

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  9. Tree-top towns / homes are so fascinating. Reminds me of Lord of The Rings. Cool pics!

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  10. Linda Lee/Lady Quixote says:

    These pictures and quotes fit together like poetry. Beautiful!

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  11. Redavons says:

    Trees are what we live for. You’re never alone if you sit with your back against a tree.

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  13. Since reading The Overstory, I see trees–and the Earth–in entirely new ways. Thanks, Mitch, for the fabulous photos!

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  14. Michele Lee says:

    A beautiful Friday post, Mitch. 🌳🌲💚

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  15. Rocky says:

    That’s a great photo of The Chimneys in the Smokies, Mitch.

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  16. Tremendamente hermosa galería felicidades. Saludos

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  17. radiostudy says:

    Have you heard or seen the BibleProject videos/podcasts on trees & their biblical symbolism? Here’s a starting appetizer.

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  18. This post has just made my week! I think you know by now how much I LOVE trees!
    (I’ve not read that book though!)

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  19. Amazing images. Love the last quote!

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  20. Just give me some bur oaks!

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  21. frenchc1955 says:

    Mitch, thank you for this wonderful post!

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  22. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Please enjoy this wonderful post from Mitch Teemley!

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  23. kindfeelings says:

    These images are very beautiful, nature is so calming.

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  24. pkadams says:

    Glad I saw this one on my laptop! I love trees!

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  25. Jennie says:

    What a wonderful post! The quotes are as important as the trees.

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  26. Jennie says:

    Reblogged this on A Teacher's Reflections and commented:
    Thank you, Mitch Teemley for your wise and wonderful trees. Yes, they are earth’s elders, storing its wisdom. Trees are also central to children learning about life and nature. They play a big role. Very big.

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  27. Norah says:

    What a beautiful collection of trees and quotes. Thank you.

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  28. An absolutely stunning post, Mitch. The images are fascinating, and the quotes beautiful. Loved this.

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  29. Josh Sanders says:

    I wish everyone understood their great importance! Thank you for the reminder😁

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  30. Trees are such a favorite topic of mine and such a prominent biblical topic as well! Capturing authors imagination galore! There’s something there our hearts know, even if we don’t!

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  31. Your commercial should have won Mitch!

    As to yesterday, Joe Burrow is still clutch. How tragic though for the receiver who took his eyes off the ball on the key Bengal down late in the 4th quarter. Hope it motivates him to be back next year, when the Bengals win the whole thing.

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  32. I will get this in the right spot. Must be a little tired this a.m.

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  33. thedamari says:

    The Overstory is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I read a lot. I recommend it to people all the time.

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  34. Blog To Jazz Up Your day says:

    Cool post. I followed your blog.

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  35. Oh, my; thanks for the wonderful photos! I love trees almost everywhere, especially in forests. One of my favorite places to see them is a little bit different; it’s the Cypress Grove Trail at Point Lobos State Reserve, where you also get to walk along a cliff, overlooking the ocean.

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  36. Wondrous images and interesting quotes.  Dancing a solemn pavane in winter is yet another talent of trees:

    *Seen from Inside*
            Swaying in the wind,
            bare trees dance to Earth music
            not heard thru the glass.

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  37. Thank you, I ADORE trees! Some lovely quotes too.

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  39. Inspirational quotations and one TREEmendous photo gallery, Mitch! Kudos to you re pics 6, 8, 17, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 40, 46 & 50. Justin Hayward had a few whimsical words of wisdom, too…

    “Something calls to me
    The trees are drawing me near
    I’ve got to find out why
    Those gentle voices I hear
    Explain it all with a sigh”

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  40. You’re welcome. Some apt lyrics for a Tuesday Afternoon…

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  41. Many thanx for sharing these very diverse pics. Gotta love nature.

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  42. These photos are so lovely! And trees are very valuable to this planet. We should preserve them

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