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.
I’m not a very outdoorsy type of person. Well, I want to be, but my inherent laziness prevents it. I’m also not someone who is very touristy. I love to travel but am not big on tourist hot spots. As the girls who travel with me know, I’d much rather spend my time sitting at a corner cafe then wandering around ruins. I love being somewhere new and meeting the locals. I love the feel of a new city and the architecture and what I also love is trees.
Trees are a sign that you’re somewhere new. The top photo was taken in Snoqualmie Falls, WA. There’s a reason WA is the evergreen state. Even in the winter, with all of our evergreen trees, we have greenery all year long.
When I moved to Los Angeles, I loved driving down Sunset Blvd and seeing the palm trees lining the sides of the road. Not in WA anymore. After living there for 9 years I still never got over the seeing palm trees. I had no idea there were so many different ones before I lived there. I have a preference for the short thick ones, reminds me of me. I was gobsmacked to find out Scotland had palm trees. There goes my tropical theory. I want to go back and check out the islands in Scotland, course I’ll need a parka but it will be worth it, I’ll be in Scotland!
I used to drive to Vegas a lot when I lived in LA and I loved seeing the Joshua trees on the drive. Within a 4 hour drive, it switches from a tropical feel to a desert.
In the south, it’s all about the live oaks covered in Spanish moss. It’s beautiful. This tree is in the backyard of my best friend Nancy’s Uncle’s house. The house her mother grew up in. It’s positively majestic.
Banyan trees are amazing, with their limbs growing back down into the ground. I’ve seen them in Hawaii and FL so they bring the same feel that palm trees bring me. Somewhere tropical. Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of one but took a pic of this tree in Maui. Love the lush scenery.
While driving along the CA coast we saw this tree and had to stop to take a photo. I don’t normally climb trees but this tree screamed, take my photo! And it’s so much better with us in the pic!
One of my favorite trees is the Madagascar palm. While walking in Longboat Key, FL I came across this tree. It made me think of something we would see in a Dr. Seuss book. It’s just so whimsical that it made me happy every time I saw it. I loved it so much, when Nancy came to visit me I took her to visit the tree.