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Your Favorite Tree

2013 June 28

Newton had his apple tree. Thanks to Johnny, many more of us do too. If asked, Robin Hood may have said his favorite tree was a grand oak in the heart of Sherwood Forest.

From truffula trees to those that give, trees have not only provided shelter from shade and fresh air for us to breathe, but they have inspired us for millennia.

Maybe it’s one that’s old. Or perhaps it’s one that’s new. Maybe there’s just something about the way the branches curl, or how the blossoms look in spring.

Sadie’s Tree, by ‘jhf23′ on Flickr, November 26, 2011.

For me, it was a tall tulip tree that held my swing. Higher and higher it grew, and higher and higher I flew. I loved how strong it was, and loved even more how my brothers could get a running start to give me a push and I still wouldn’t reach the tip top. The leaves were broad and the bark was strong. What I loved most though, is that tree watched me grow up. Through rain and shine, birthday parties, and first days of school that tree witnessed my formative years – and never judged the silliness or the pink spandex shorts that I wore insistently.

After my freshman year of high school, as my family pulled away from that front yard with cats, dogs, and horses in tow to move to Maine – all of that went flashing through my mind as I took a long, last look. That’s a picture and a place that I’ll never forget.

I hope you’ll take a minute to share a story about your favorite tree and a picture too. If nothing else it might be a trip down memory lane, or a reason to take a shaded picnic this weekend. We’ll share our favorite story here, next week.

Photos taken from 2011 until the end of 2013 may be submitted to State of the Environment on Flickr. All levels of photography experience and skill are welcome.

- Jeanethe Falvey, U.S. EPA Project lead for State of the Environment

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Shelley Winship permalink
    July 1, 2013

    My favorite tree may just be the D.H. Lawrence Tree in San Cristobal, NM – a giant sequoia at the D.H. Lawrence Ranch, which Georgia O’Keeffe once painted. I just happened to look up while reclining on a bench outside the Lawrence cabins, and there it was — completely recognizable from my having seen the painting, even though I had no idea where the tree in the painting was in real life! I suppose that was partly the power of the painting — but I think it was mostly that like me, the artist recognized the power of the tree.

  2. pam permalink
    July 2, 2013

    i love the dog

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