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Trees are the oldest and the largest living things on earth.  Some are weird, some extraordinary, some gorgeous, and some shaped by the human hand to fascinate and amuse. Please enjoy these  images–or better yet, take a walk in the woods and greet them in person with appreciation.

 

As Patricia Hays suggested in the comments below, if you’re inclined, you can listen to Paul Robeson sing about trees while you meander through this post.  Thanks to Tom Reiter for forwarding the link.

 2000 years old tree in South Africa known as tree of life (Baobab)

2000 years old tree in South Africa known as tree of life (Baobab)

The oldest tree on earth, great basin bristle cone pine, Oldest trees, over 5000 years old, in California

The oldest tree on earth, great basin bristle cone pine, Oldest trees, over 5000 years old, in California

 

General Sherman tree, Sequoia Redwood, the largest living single-stem tree and largest living organism on earth in California

General Sherman tree, Sequoia Redwood, the largest living single-stem tree and largest living organism on earth in California

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

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 Jabuticaba, a Brazilian grape tree The fruit grows directly from the trunk and branches of the tree.

Jabuticaba, a Brazilian grape tree The fruit grows directly from the trunk and branches of the tree.

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eucalyptus

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Coconut trees , Lombok, Bali, Indonesia

Coconut trees , Lombok, Bali, Indonesia

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Banyan tree

Banyan tree

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Toborochi tree

Toborochi tree

by Hengki Koentjoro via pinterest

by Hengki Koentjoro via pinterest

 Mossy Roots, Sintra, Portugal

Mossy Roots, Sintra, Portugal

 

 Boabab, Also known as the tree of life

Boabab, Also known as the tree of life

 

Cypress

Cypress

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Cannonball tree, by Douglas Peebles Photography, Alamy, fruit grows directly on the trunk

Cannonball tree, by Douglas Peebles Photography, Alamy, fruit grows directly on the trunk

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Jennifer Long, Janus Photo Arts on Flickr

Jennifer Long, Janus Photo Arts on Flickr

Olive tree

Olive tree

 

Madagascar's ancient forest of baobab trees

Madagascar’s ancient forest of baobab trees

Spanish moss

Spanish moss

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Jason Hehir photography

Jason Hehir photography

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By Patrick Dougherty, made from willows

By Patrick Dougherty, made from willows

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Moss on oak trees

Moss on oak trees

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Tule tree, S. Mexico

Tule tree, S. Mexico

This post is a group effort.  Here’s a lovely tree poem/prayer that has been going around the internet with these images.  Thanks to George for forwarding it to me:

An Ancient Prayer of the Woods

I am the heat of your hearth on the cold winter nights,
the friendly shade screening you from the summer sun,
and my fruits are refreshing

droughts quenching your thirst as you journey on.

I am the beam that holds your house,
the board of your table,
the bed on which you lie,
and the timber that builds your boat.
I am the handle of your hoe,
the door of your homestead,
the wood of your cradle,
and the shell of your coffin.
I am the bread of kindness and the flower of beauty.

‘Ye who pass by, listen to my prayer: Harm me not.’

(A prayer used in Portuguese forest preservation for more than 1,000 years)

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582 thoughts on “Trees

  1. Absolutely breath-taking photos of trees… thanks so much for sharing… beautiful, incredible, amazing, what inspiration, tranquility, peace, & de-stressing for the mind… thank you

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  3. As the poet wrote:
    “Poems were made by fools like me
    But only God can make a tree.”

  4. Totally unbelievable!! I gazed at these magnificent creatures lf Mother Nature for at least an hour!

  5. Words can not pronounce your ageless beauty, what you have seen and will see. Ones who have come to see and those who are shone on this screen can not forget your awsumness

  6. Thanks for a marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you are
    a great author.I will be sure to bookmark your blog and
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    ultimately continue your great writing, have a nice weekend!

  7. Simply amazing. It’s so wonderful to stop, slow down and admire the beauty around us! Thank you for the peaceful moments.

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  9. Mother Nature….what beautiful children she has risen….to the heavens.

    In earlier and more peaceful times my parents took me and my Brother for Sunday walks (“hikes”) through Wissahickon Park in Philadelphia and exposed us to the awesome beauty of nature.

  10. Absolutely wonderfull kindly send more like this,people are to much into rude jokes and forget that nature keeps us alive and allows us to eat from our gardens,how blessed we are.

  11. Simply Jaw Dropping, Mind-Blowingly Gorgeous… Makes me wonder how God thinks all this stuff up! And don’t forget… Heaven’s going to be even better!

    However, this saddens me a lil as it makes me want to see ALL of them “up-close” and personal!

    Thanx to the wonderful photographer!

  12. I enjoyed these trees so much but did miss seeing the Adam and Eve tree growing in Eden State Park, Point Washington, FL. A full garden of 100 yr. old oaks with spanish moss, most beautiful gardens I have seen in a long time.

  13. Truly gorgeous. No man could design all these beautiful trees, so God had to do it.

  14. BEAUTIFUL … BEAUTIFUL …. BEAUTIFUL …..

    {What more can be said! luv, Bobbi!}

  15. No sciences can explain the existence of such creations. It’s a real manifestation of the presence of a living Super Power – GOD.
    Many thanks to all kind-hearted poeple who unselfishly shared their discoveries about trees. Special thanks and appreciaton to Dottie Stewart and Eric Gurney, my beloved best friends and Mr. Paul Robeson, for singing my old favorite song ‘ Trees’

  16. Wonderfull. I don’t write in english. But it is fantastic. Nutura is God

  17. God bless you for composing and sharing such uplifting beauty……..and special thanks for the song!

  18. So much wonder and beauty in this crazy world.
    Let’s cherish it with all our heart!

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