Travel theme: Trees

Happy Arbor Day, everybody! Actually, April 24th is the day that choose to celebrate trees, but it is one of many national arbor days and national tree planting days dotted throughout the calendar year depending upon what part of the planet you inhabit. The very first Arbor Day in history dates back to 1805 in the Spanish village of Villanueva de la Sierra, but the idea caught on and spread across the planet. So today is as good a day as any to celebrate the glorious lungs of our planet. Plant a tree if you can, hug a tree if you like, and pick out some of your favourite tree photos while you’re at it. Here are some of mine. Blue trees with an environmental message in Seattle’s Westlake Centre, raising awareness of the dangers of global deforestation.

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The regenerative power of nature on display in Lava Canyon; these fresh young trees are repopulating the ravaged slopes of Mount St. Helens volcano after the devastating eruption in 1980.

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The once famous shoe tree near Utah’s Zion National Park. Rumour had it that hikers would hang up their hiking boots here upon completion of the legendary Angels Landing hike. Sadly, shortly after I snapped this photo, the tree was burned down by person or persons unknown.

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Orange trees in Rome, oh the romance, I can smell the spicy citrus notes just looking at this photo.

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A giant ceiba, the Tree of Life, in Tikal in Northern Guatemala. Try as I might there was no way to fit the entirety of this massive tree into frame.

Impossibly tall Tree of LIfe, one of the most impressive trees I've seen to date

And last but not least, a very unexpected Christmas tree in the middle of an Irish bog.

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I’m going to make like a tree and leave you to come up with your own interpretation of this week’s theme.  If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Trees
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS!

xxx Ailsa

I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. – John Muir

You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet. – Hal Borland



About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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125 Responses to Travel theme: Trees

  1. Anabel Marsh says:

    What original tree pictures! Love them all.

  2. viveka says:

    Fantastic images ….. I love those blue trees in Seattle – have a very similar image myself. My favorite is the Christmas tree. Have a great weekend.

  3. Leya says:

    Very original trees, Ailsa. The blue ones I remember, but the ceiba I do not know…and the shoe tree! Well, with this theme I will have to really think…Being a tree lover I really don’t know where to start. I’ll see what i can come up with.

  4. Hi Ailsa,
    A perfect way to celebrate Arbor Day. I enjoyed the wide range of trees you featured. Here is my response to the challenge:

  5. Love the shoe tree and the blue trees, not something I’ve seen before!

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  8. ilargia64 says:

    Dear Ailsa! Trees are really something I love!!! Hope you like mine!
    Have a good weekend!

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  10. Adorable trees, Ailsa! I love the crooked one, like it’s tipping its head hehehe. It reminds me of Gandalf’s hat.
    Here are my gentle giants:

  11. El Rolyat says:

    Lovely pictures. That Christmas tree made me smile.

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  14. Leya says:

    So, I finally found the ones I was looking for. Theme for trees – why I love them.

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  16. Jaspa says:

    Great idea for Arbor Day, Ailsa. Most of these bring back memories. Rome and Ireland were wonderful, and coincidentally my post on Tuesday was about Mount St. Helens ( Best of all, I’ve actually looked for a geocache on that shoe-tree outside Zion!

    My contribution comes from a slightly unexpected visit I made to a mangrove swamp in Columbia just over a week ago…

  17. Great selection of photos. Will post mine tomorrow.

  18. vannillarock says:

    LOL the christmas tree is hilarious!
    i didn’t see that ‘tree’ at zion but there used to be similar shoe ‘art’ on a line in a park in prague.
    great selection.

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  21. We had a blue tree event here not long ago. Magical.

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  27. Trees are pretty cool, I have a really similar photo of the Ceiba tree in Tikal, Guatemala too! 🙂 It’s a pretty cool tree, and they based the tree of life in Avatar on the Giant Ceiba tree. I’d love to visit the Giant Redwoods in the USA one day… Until then, here’s my trees!

  28. offshoots12 says:

    great photos! Thanks. Here is my first time submission. Glad to have found you. looking forward to following your prompts. 🙂

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  30. Great Theme: Here is my contribution: Tree Qigong

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  33. aj vosse says:

    Love trees!! Only pity… I’ve done quite a few tree posts lately and was thinking of showing a pic of the decorated trees up in the Wicklow Mountains… only to scroll down and see you’ve beaten me with the Christmas tree in the bog!! 🙄

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  36. cocoaupnorth says:

    Hi Alisa! Thank you for the lovely theme, here’s my contribution

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