Thursday, April 1, 2010

Still a Freak

A friend of mine recently referred to me as a "tree freak."  It was not an insult, he was just alluding to the fact that we both love these beautiful, huge, sacred beings.  It would be hard to think of a higher compliment.  Allow me to introduce you to some of my newest friends.

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.  ~John Muir

Trees outstrip most people in the extent and depth of their work for the public good.  ~Sara Ebenreck, American Forests
I willingly confess to so great a partiality for trees as tempts me to respect a man in exact proportion to his respect for them.  ~James Russell Lowell

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.
~Kahlil Gibran

God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods.  But he cannot save them from fools.  ~John Muir

The trees are whispering to me, reminding me of my roots, and my reach... shhhhhh... can you hear them?  Selflessly sharing their subtle song.  ~Jeb Dickerson,

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.  ~Cree Indian Proverb

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
~Joyce Kilmer, "Trees," 1914


  1. there are a lot of us....ummm freaks out there! freaks of a feather flock together!

  2. Hmmm, I wonder who that friend was????

    You're still a tree freak and I love ya for it! Beautiful pics btw.

  3. Cat, to that I say, Amen Sistah!

    Michael, I guess I just had to let my freak flag fly! Love ya back!

  4. I have to admit that besides my love for rocks, I also love trees-- and you have some beauties here along with wonderful quotes and poetry- a lovely post.

  5. from one freak to another

    beauty full

    and the best words to boot

  6. A lot of good stuff in this post. Many awesome tree pics, quotes, poems
    commentary. I'm SO glad I dropped by...

  7. These photos and words about beloved trees have touched my heart...thank you for putting this together.

  8. Count me in .... Another freak here! Beautiful photographs Sharmon.

  9. I'm a freak too! Love what Cat said....we flock together! This little freak loves your pics!!

  10. 人必須心懷希望,才會活的快樂,日子才過得充實,有意義,有朝氣,有信心。........................................

  11. l love trees and these images are greatxthanks for sharingxlynda

  12. Thank you, all my wonderful freaky friends! It's good to know there are other freaks out there; as cat said, freaks of a feather...

  13. I have to say, I think I too am a bit of a tree freak...their forms, their grace, their strength, the way we breath in what we breathe out an vice versa, the way they are a visual bridge between earth and the heavens above...what's NOT to love?


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