Tree

One summer in college, I worked at a camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains on the California coast. Redwoods surrounded the small camp and we would often take campers for hikes on the trails, weaving through the giant trees. When people say the history of the West doesn’t compare with the East Coast or Europe, I wonder if they’ve walked among the redwoods. These trees have seen so much. They were thriving during the Spanish Missions, the Gold Rush, Westward Expansion. They were saplings during the height of the Roman Empire. They have seen populations grow. They’ve been cut down for use and protected in National Parks. Walking through the musty-smelling forest, you can feel the history of the trees. Walking through them reminds me to shift my thinking about our planet. We have shaped so much of it, through culture and society, yet these trees remain rooted in history, growing yet unchanging. How much of history can we learn from nature; from the stillness and quiet?

Linked with Lisa-Jo Baker‘s Five Minute Friday.

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  1. Visiting from Lisa-Jo’s, and I love our 5 minutes on “tree.” I live in Oregon, and I love the trees. We first moved into our current home there was an old, very old redwood on the property across the street. An old farmhouse stood there and the woman who lived in the house included a clause in her will that the tree would never be cut down. Once she died, no one gave it a thought and one morning around 3am we heard the crashing sound of that glorious, historic piece of nature. Now ugly apartments stand in its place and although they are home for someone, the tree has lost its place in our world. Thanks for reminding me of nature’s importance.

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