Well yes, i suppose i am showing my love for alliterations here, but they do make for entertaining titles.
Today i devote my blog to the unassuming tree. Though symbolically venerated over the centuries in just about every culture around the world it still seems to me that they are very often taken for granted in our modern world or perhaps, worse yet, simply commodified as a mere resource for construction or destruction (fuel). And yet, the tree is so often found at the very center of art and mystical studies as the ultimate symbol for life, the universe and, well...everything.
I began putting this blog together with some recent images of birch, a tree i have always loved for it's striking, stark beauty (standing out whitely against a blackish forest), its wonderful variety of texture and pattern as well as its over all general usefulness. I've padded the gallery out, though, with a few other varieties that grow in the Nova Scotian soil, the identities of which i am unsure, not being an arborist myself. But one needn't be an arborist to feel a deep emotional connection and respect for our dear ligneous friends. Their importance to our survival as a species is so often under-appreciated and understated as to present a clear and immediate danger to our very existence. Whole societies have failed or suffered severely for not protecting the sustainability of their forests. Think Easter Island or Haiti.
So am i a treehugger? Perhaps. In this instance though perhaps i am simply an admirer of natural beauty. But i also understand that we all breathe just a little bit easier for their existence.
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