Travel Theme: Trees

Time for another Travel Theme post! Topic: Trees.

I am especially glad to focus on trees in this week’s theme; they’re the earth’s lungs, and humans often underappreciate plants in general – taking time to spotlight trees is nice. As you might know, we’re facing a drought in California and, perhaps more alarmingly, the sixth mass extinction – this extinction means trees (not to mention many other organisms!) are losing their habitats, which lessens the amount of water that precipitates. Lessening precipitation only worsens that drought. Trees are a huge provider of what is arguably our most precious resource, which I find to be more than enough reason to care about trees, and plants in general. Maybe you’ll be inspired by this post to dig deep and plant a tree,  or start a garden! Enough textual endorsement – some of my favorite tree images are below; hope they inspire you as much as they inspire me!

First up, the gnarled roots of a Muir Woods tree, extending up and out into the beaten path as if to grab wandering passersby:

Gnarled roots at Muir Woods

Next up,  we’ve got what struck me as an interesting formation in the bark of another Muir Woods tree. It struck me that a barkine wizard was escaping the confines of this trunk – what does it look like to you?

Resembles a barkine wizard to me, look like anything to you?

Barkine wizard emerging from a tree in Muir Woods

These trees grew together to form mazes in their canopies; there are so many paths in the leaves! Canopies are always unique and beautiful.

Canopy mazes at Muir Woods

Canopy mazes at Muir Woods

Speaking of, these trees’ canopies form a person’s figure in their negative space – or a cross maybe? I suppose it depends on who’s looking 🙂

Person’s figure, or a cross, in negative space of canopies at Muir Woods

This was SUCH an awesome formation of trees; they grew together to form walls, and at one point there’s an opening you can crawl through (that dark point on the picture near the earth/center of the photo). It was certainly a fascinating place to have lunch!

“Tree Room” at Wildcat Canyon

And finally, we have a huge two-canopied tree at Wildcat Canyon. Always so much interesting, wonderful life at Wildcat Canyon – was definitely in awe of this beautiful tree.

Huge two-canopied tree at Wildcat Canyon

This has been my take on Ailsa’s wonderful tree travel theme; see it here: http://wheresmybackpack.com/2015/04/24/travel-theme-trees/

Big thanks to Ailsa for stating that it was Arbor Day – Happy Belated Arbor Day! (Totally forgot!) Apparently, National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on best tree-planting times in their area. Here’s to trees!

In peace, Taylor

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.

~Willa Cather

In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.

~ Paulo Coelho

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