Gallery: listening to trees
Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.Herman Hesse
Whatever their mood, and whatever the time of year, it’s hard not to be moved when among trees. And recently it seems we humans have started to realise this more and more. Forest bathing and tree hugging have both been shown to have benefits for our mental health, reducing stress and helping us to unwind.
But we don’t need to adopt such specific activities to feel the majesty and wonder of trees. We simply need to walk among them. For Denzil’s Nature photo challenge this week, let me take you on a walk among a variety of trees both close to home and further afield. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Costa Rica features quite heavily! My featured photo was taken there, looking down from one of the hanging bridges at Selvatura Park near Arenal.
Click on any photo in each gallery to open a slideshow with captions.
For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.Martin Luther
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the boughA E Housman
Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn treeEmily Bronte
This solitary tree! A living thing produced too slowly ever to decay; of form and aspect too magnificent to be destroyed.William Wordsworth
Trunks and roots
The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky.Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.Robert Louis Stevenson
Planting a tree in Colombia
A man doesn’t plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity.Alexander Smith
In the coffee region of Colombia, near the Valle Cocora, we were invited to participate in a somewhat odd but rather rewarding little task. Our host at the roadside restaurant where we stopped for lunch took us for a walk on the land attached to his property. There he grows fruit and vegetables for the restaurant and maintains a small area of mixed forest. We were invited to plant a small palm tree, taken by our host from a nursery area and carried by Chris to the designated planting spot further up the trail. Chris then dropped it into a pre-dug hole and tucked it in, while a Spanish guy who was also with us on the walk did the same with his tree. Our host then said some words about linking Colombia with England and Spain in a little ceremony.
We were also introduced to his rather fun Guardian of the Forest. This seems a fitting end point for our own virtual walk among the trees of the world.
A wonderful selection of trees, and so well presented!
Thank you Audrey, that’s very kind of you 😊
A gorgeous gallery of trees Sarah, interspersed with some super quotes. I love the title too: listening to trees!
Thank you Denzil – the opening quote inspired my title 😀
Wow, you have such a great variety of trees! It doesn’t matter in which season you captured these trees, they all have their own beauty. And how special it is to plant a tree while on holiday – maybe that’s something we can all try to follow!
Thank you 😊 Yes, I thought it was a lovely idea to plant a tree, it helped us feel more connected to the place!
A truly spectacular gallery of trees. 😊
Thank you so much 😊
My pleasure. 😊
Wow so many gorgeous variations of trees and colors and seasons… As a literal tree-hugger, I loved them all! ❤️🌲🌳🌴
Thanks so much Rose 😊 Glad you enjoyed this immersion in trees!
Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter
I love the hand coming round the door! Almost scary to wonder what will emerge …
Yes, that was a fun spot on our winter walk in Plessey Woods!
There’s something really beautiful and poetic about trees being sanctuaries and offering that feeling of peace and breathing space from the busy of the world. Beautiful pictures of trees through different seasons and different perspectives 🙂
Yes, somehow we all feel the magic of trees 💚 Thank you, I’m glad you liked these photos!
This is another cracker Sarah – and not not a conker tree in sight
Thank you Malcolm 😊 But you’re wrong – check out the flowering trees section more carefully!
Ah! You got me there 🙂
Brilliant again, love the different styles in the different sections. The verdant green of tropical countries is something that just stays in the memory, once you’ve witnessed it. I also remember how green England looked back in the 60s when we used to arrive home from the Costa Brava. Thankfully they never did “dig up all the trees and put ‘em in a tree museum”….good job huh…
Thank you Phil 🙂 Joni was ahead of her time and sadly prescient, wasn’t she?
Yes. She certainly was both of those things. Supremely talented too.
An absolute favourite of mine. I used to have a quote from her as my Virtual Tourist ‘motto’: ‘I slept on the strange pillows of my wanderlust’ 😮
Oh nice one. And my daughter’s dog is named after!
Amelia or Joni?!
Wonderful pictures Sarah!!
Thanks Leela, so glad you liked them 😀
the eternal traveller
Beautiful autumn colours!
Thank you, I’m glad you liked them 🙂
Oh my goodness Sarah, what a collection of wonderful trees. You had me at the trees draped in Spanish Beard right down to the flowers, the bare trees in the desert and the good fun trees. 🙂
So glad you liked them Brian 😀 You call that Spanish Beard? We call it Spanish Moss but I like your version!
You had me at “trees.” What a wonderful collection of photos!
Thanks so much Tracey 😀
Great post, Sarah! I love the many personalities of trees. It looks like one or more in the first group could be from the Pacific Northwest in the U.S. Loved the red leaves in the fall group. This would be a good post for the Thursday Tree Love tag.
Thanks Siobhan 😊 Yes, the big photo in that group is of the Hoh Rainforest and the one with a distant mountain was taken in the North Cascades. As I mention in the text, you can click on any photo in each group to open a slideshow with captions – or simply to see the caption for one photo that you’re particularly curious about!
Of course, there had to be a tree from Colombia 😉 Absolutely stunning trees and I’m a hugger of many over the years.
Of course there did! Glad you liked these Suzanne 😀
Wow, what a great post for the challenge! I love the way you organized it in sections. And those greens are so brilliant!
Thank you so much 😊 Glad you enjoyed this and liked the organisation!
Mike and Kellye Hefner
First of all, I love that you got to plant a tree in Columbia! What a lovely memory of your time there. Secondly, the tree with the little door kind of brought out the little girl in me – it’s so reminiscent of a fairy tale and I can’t help but wonder what’s inside. This is a beautiful collection of trees, Sarah. Thank you for sharing them.
So glad you liked them Kellye 😊 That invitation to plant a tree came as a surprise but was a lovely idea!
Wonderful photos, Sarah! Perhaps it’s not surprising that I favor the Green Trees! 🙂 🙂
Thank you Susanne, and yes, I would have guessed they would be your favourites 😊
Wow Sarah – those leafy green tree photo’s; then there are the striking bare trees; then the colourful trees; then that 4th root photo – well, let’s say all of them 😊 It’s inspired me to take a photo of our lovely garden maple which recently came to bud. 🌲 🌳
Thank so much Margaret – I’m glad to have inspired you 😀 And how lovely to have a maple tree in your garden!
Wow, Sarah, this has to be my favourite post of yours ever! I’ve loved everything about it, from the quotes that so eloquently portray the benefits trees bring us in every conceivable way, to your outstanding and varied pictures. A beautiful walk through the wonderful world of trees it certainly is, and it’s reminded me of exactly why I love woodlands and forests so much. Trees are, indeed, not just good for the planet, they’re good for the soul too. This is one I’ll be returning to again and again. Here’s to forest bathing and tree hugging! 🙂 <3
Aw, Alli, thank you so much 😊 This lovely comment made my day!
You’re welcome, Sarah. I meant every word. 🙂
Great selection of trees Sarah! And what about the tree that sent out roots over the concrete structure.
Do you mean Ta Prohm Anne (the first one in the roots section)? That’s not concrete, it’s one of the ancient temples of Angkor in Cambodia 😀