Travel theme: Trees

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.

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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
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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 - wheresmybackpack.com - 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

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  5. love the photo of the orange tree in Rome

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  15. you did a great job of capturing the ceiba! it’s an image worth of georgia o’keeffe’s approval!

    i’ve a few images of ceibos taken last week here in jama.. will be back w/those, but first i need to get a few winks of sleep!

    zzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  18. Pat says:

    I love trees, and we just drove through the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Smokey Mountains. I wanted to pull some of the hundreds of photos of trees I have on file but settled on this one from last week.
    http://imissmetoo.me/2015/04/26/travel-theme-trees/

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  20. Love this theme — could have shown so many trees because we love ’em! Here’s one image from South Africa that resonates with us: http://ohtheplaceswesee.com/2015/04/27/travel-theme-trees/

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  23. Sas says:

    Who would have thought I’d have so much choice when choosing a photo of trees? https://sasieology.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/travel-theme-trees/

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  26. The Poetry Channel says:

    A great way to commemorate this celebration of life. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share images of trees that spoke to me.
    http://wp.me/p4ivZl-Rj

    Peace,
    Michael

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  28. Kama says:

    I like the first photo the most. Trees. OMG. i could spend days or weeks trying to choose out from all of my tree photos. 😀 I’ll try to choose some, anyway. 🙂
    Thanks for the theme.

  29. Indira says:

    Very lovely tree pictures, loved all.

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  32. Beautiful pictures why to show the different characteristics of the trees.

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  39. Kris says:

    Cool! Here are my trees from my quick weekend in Hawaii: http://brain.queenkv.org/2015/04/28/travel-theme-trees/

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