Happy Arbor Day, everybody! Actually, April 24th is the day that arborday.org 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.
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.
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.
Orange trees in Rome, oh the romance, I can smell the spicy citrus notes just looking at this photo.
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.
And last but not least, a very unexpected Christmas tree in the middle of an Irish bog.
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
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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
What original tree pictures! Love them all.
Thanks Anabel, Happy Arbor Day. 🙂
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.
Have a great weekend too, Viveka. 🙂 Ailsa
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.
Hurrah, happy tree hunting, Leya. xxx
A perfect way to celebrate Arbor Day. I enjoyed the wide range of trees you featured. Here is my response to the challenge: https://wordpress.com/post/28706085/1775
Hi Naomi, it doesn’t look like your link is working, can you check and see if it posted correctly? xxx Ailsa
Thans for letting me know. I tried again, and I think it’s working now.
Love the shoe tree and the blue trees, not something I’ve seen before!
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Hi Ailsa, here is my entry:
Arbor day? I am going to hug a tree tomorrow.
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Dear Ailsa! Trees are really something I love!!! Hope you like mine!
Have a good weekend!
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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: https://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/travel-theme-trees/
Lovely pictures. That Christmas tree made me smile.
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So many nice trees! I hope you like mine as much as I like yours. https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/exotenwald-weinheim-2/
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So, I finally found the ones I was looking for. Theme for trees – why I love them.http://wp.me/p1hCI2-4kl
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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 (https://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/mount-st-helens-with-her-head-in-the-clouds/). 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… https://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/columbian-mangroves-in-a-dugout-canoe/
Great selection of photos. Will post mine tomorrow.
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.
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Some trees from me https://tvortravels.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/travel-theme-trees/
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We had a blue tree event here not long ago. Magical.
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I love trees and all of your tree photos are fantastic
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This is my entry: http://nagpanaoan.com/2015/04/24/travel-theme-trees-glacier-national-park/
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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!
great photos! Thanks. Here is my first time submission. Glad to have found you. looking forward to following your prompts. 🙂 http://offshoots12.com/2015/04/24/travel-theme-trees/
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Great Theme: Here is my contribution: Tree Qigong http://wp.me/p4YOtr-1Jr
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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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Hello Ailsa! This is my tree: http://ingriddphotography.com/2015/04/25/travel-theme-trees/
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Hi Alisa! Thank you for the lovely theme, here’s my contribution https://cocoaupnorth.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/trees-all-kinds/
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here are my trees