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04/01/2012
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Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” Rabindranath Tagore

Inspiration: What We See In Trees...

Inspiration: What We See In Trees...

Inspiration: What We See In Trees...

Inspiration: What We See In Trees...

Grant me the ability to be alone,
May it be my custom to go outdoors each day
among the trees and grasses
among all growing things
and there may I be alone,
and enter into prayer
to talk with the one
that I belong to.
Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav

Every time I take a nature walk, I look around and see so many beautiful trees looking back at me. They stand there in all their majesty, beckoning me to come closer, to pay attention to their silent dignity and to honor their resiliency. I see so many that I felt this post should be a sort of homage to the trees that welcome me on my walks around the neighborhood.

“One is wise to cultivate the tree that bears fruit in our soul.” Henry David Thoreau

Inspiration: What We See In Trees...

Inspiration: What We See In Trees...

Inspiration: What We See In Trees...Rapport with a tree...

Inspiration: What We See In Trees...

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” William Blake

I seem to have a rapport with a particular tree. Every time I walk by it, the sun shines on it in an unusual way… But today when I went to capture it, the sun disappeared and all that was left was the tree, me… and the beauty of nature around the beautiful tree…I will go back another day, at sunset and see if the tree will let me capture and share what ethereal beauty it has shown me… Do we all see something in trees? Come back for more below. 🙂

“Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.” George Bernard Shaw

Inspiration: What We See In Trees...

Inspiration: What We See In Trees...

Inspiration: What We See In Trees...

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” Robert H. Schuller

Sometimes, what I see are shrubs, standing bold and tall, keening to be trees. And then there are decorated trees; city trees made to whore their wares during the holidays or perhaps decorated to please us … as if nature’s natural jewels aren’t enough. They are pretty too but I wonder how they feel. What would they say if they could speak?  “Look at me, all blinged and tricked out… See how gloriously I shine. These lights are hot, and any day soon, my number will be up. Do you still love me?” Yes, we do. Do we ever feel the call of nature? Do we ever stop to see the beauty around us?  If we paused for a moment, and looked around us, we might hear the call and see what secret beckons us in the trees.
What are your thoughts? What do you see in trees? Do you every feel the call of nature? Do you make time to see the beauty around you? What do you see? Do share! Thank you. 😉

This post was inspired by a prompt from WordPress Daily Post: A Picture’s worth…

Positive Motivation Tip: Do we ever feel the call of nature? Do we ever stop to see the beauty around us? Pause. Look closely for you might hear the call and see what secret beckons us in the trees.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my Personal Collection…

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

54 Comments leave one →
  1. 04/01/2012 9:01 pm

    I love trees. Still at work so will be back later to read in detail!

    • 05/01/2012 10:47 pm

      Okay TY! and I still need to catch up on all the blog posts I’ve missed from everyone. My kids are wrapping up their winter break so last minute stuff with them going on … Thanks for your patience all! 🙂

  2. 04/01/2012 9:22 pm

    I love trees, too. I see their branches like arms, waving to say hello to me and welcoming me to their presence , opening to offer hugs and comfort…I truly love trees.

    • 05/01/2012 10:48 pm

      I do too and they offer a beautiful mystical experience… TY! 🙂

  3. 04/01/2012 9:25 pm

    I LOVE TREES! They love to speak to us when we stop and listen!

    • 05/01/2012 10:49 pm

      I agree and I truly believe that they have spirits living in them too. The huge 100+ year old trees in front of my home are very protective of us and I thank them for their shade and shelter… TY 🙂

  4. 04/01/2012 10:36 pm

    Oh I do love trees! One of the most difficult things we’ve recently experienced was the terrible hurricane-like winds that swept through Pasadena and uprooted hundreds (maybe thousands) of huge and beautiful trees. I’m sure for some homeowners the loss is devastating! We feel that the large 100 year old oak in our backyard is truly mystical. Lovely post, Elizabeth. Debra

    • 05/01/2012 10:52 pm

      Yes, and we had our share of them here when we had the storms…. It was so sad; the death and debris. Yes, I feel our trees are mystical too. TY! 🙂

  5. 05/01/2012 1:58 am

    You may have heard that in 2011 Texas lost an estimated one-tenth of its trees to drought and wildfires. That aside, you may be interested to learn that the word tree is related to the word true: to be true to something is to remain as steadfast as a tree.

    One recent picture of majestic trees that I posted:

    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/whose-woods-these-are-i-just-dont-know/

    • 05/01/2012 10:51 pm

      TY Steve for the information and link. I will check it out when I log in tomorrow and enjoy it. Yes, I’m aware of the Texas fires that raged on last year… truly sad! The word genesis you shared is beautiful… makes perfect sense too; tree and true. TY! 🙂

  6. 05/01/2012 2:09 am

    I loved your set of photo’s on trees. Thanks for posting them.

    • 05/01/2012 10:53 pm

      TY too Jackie and I hope all went well with the interview… Hug a tree and thank God for divine protection. 😉

  7. 05/01/2012 2:34 am

    I love these photos, but I’ll admit I like my trees a little greener! 🙂

    It was one of the things I loved so much about our night away recently – the trees.

    To me, trees mean strength, oxygen, peace and longevity. I could lay under the shade of a tree for a long time – especially if it were within sight of the waves on a beach!

    • 05/01/2012 10:55 pm

      I agree and didn’t go much into the meaning of trees because I know we all have answers in our hearts on what they mean to us. I love what you shared… TY! 🙂

  8. 05/01/2012 3:53 am

    I love trees, and have hundreds of photographs that attest to that fact. I hate to see a tree cut down before it’s time. This is a beautiful post. (Yes, I’m a bona fide, honest-to-goodness tree hugger!) 😉 I am familiar with Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav, and love the quote.

    • 05/01/2012 10:56 pm

      Same here… I love it! A bona-fide tree hugger! TY! 🙂

  9. Savira permalink
    05/01/2012 5:12 am

    How true that trees are majestic… how I am …grounded or swayed ..resemble the tree I see…. The images of your trees all reflect a certain trait in humankind

    • 05/01/2012 10:57 pm

      Very interesting observation Savira… I’m thinking about it and see the depth of truth in that point. TY! 🙂

  10. 05/01/2012 6:09 am

    Beauty in your trees! I love them without leaves! Bless you for sharing these pix…

    • 05/01/2012 10:57 pm

      Bless you too and please bear with me as I’ll be round soon to read/comment. TY! 🙂

  11. 05/01/2012 7:06 am

    Fractal representations of our lives?

    • 05/01/2012 11:40 pm

      Since you mentioned it, I did take shots of the frozen ice on the pathway… Interesting huh?

  12. Bree permalink
    05/01/2012 7:44 am

    Poetic. Hypnotic. Mystical. Beautiful. All these I see in trees and in this post on trees.
    B

    • 05/01/2012 11:41 pm

      Beautifully described too… I see lots in trees too. TY! 😉

  13. 05/01/2012 8:42 am

    I am in love with trees. They fascinate me in every season. Great post!
    b

    • 05/01/2012 11:42 pm

      They fascinate me too… I find a kinship growing and I’m glad many have admitted to same… So it’s not kooky after all to feel such a connection. TY! 😉

  14. 05/01/2012 8:51 am

    at the end of your post, you asked:some questions…
    Yes to the first two questions! In fact, the beauty of nature is the reason i started my blog; “what i see” is typically the subject of every post there. A few days ago, I too, was moved to write about the trees in my yard, and Arbor Day, which we celebrate here in Florida on Jan 20. I hope it’s not bad form, to include the link to it:

    • 05/01/2012 11:43 pm

      TY for your comment and link. I’ve moved/added your link to my post. I’ll check it out when I next log in… I’m looking froward to it… TY! 🙂

  15. 05/01/2012 9:13 am

    Majestic…strong…resilient…beautiful. If only trees could talk. Can you imagine some of the stories they could tell, especially the larger, older trees? With older trees, I often wonder “what have you seen; what have you been through?”

    • 05/01/2012 11:44 pm

      Wonderful… Yes, I would love to know too… The older trees are such great souls; such seers. TY! 🙂

  16. 05/01/2012 2:34 pm

    I so love trees. My fav is the Weeping Willow. For some reason I feel a kinship with her. Here in the forest they cut down many, many trees in order to maintain balance in the forest. I understand why they do it but I hate it. Sometimes I feel like they are crying out to me as they are falling. It killed me to watch Mr. M cut our Christmas Tree down this year. Weird huh?

    • 05/01/2012 11:47 pm

      WoW! Did you notice I had a weeping willow in my post…? It is the 2nd shot from the top…with much of its foliage shed for the winter. I think they look mournful yet beautiful… TY! 🙂

  17. 05/01/2012 3:23 pm

    When I forest bathe, I am encroaching on their property. I am quiet and respectful–after all, they are healing me in a way.

    • 05/01/2012 11:48 pm

      Yes, yes… they are healing us. I’m still curious to understand what forest bathe means. Enlighten me, please? TY! 🙂

  18. 05/01/2012 3:25 pm

    Motivating Mirth, I just soaked up all your pictures and your words in greedy pleasure! I especially thank you for that George Bernard Shaw quote! Trees know what they are doing. We need to spend more times amongst them to learn from them. Remember the Ents in the Lord of the Rings trilogy?

    • 05/01/2012 11:49 pm

      Yes, you are quite right… They carry secrets of survival and steadfastness that we could learn from… so true! TY! 🙂

  19. 05/01/2012 5:00 pm

    Oh we just went on a picnic and enjoyed the nature!

    • 05/01/2012 11:50 pm

      Good to hear that Viv! And if we take better care of our trees, we would have many more years to enjoy them. TY! 🙂

  20. 05/01/2012 7:01 pm

    A lovely post; and as you may know I have a soft spot for the hard tree bark, gnarly roots, sinuous branches and fluttering leaves of tress.

    • 05/01/2012 11:50 pm

      TY and yes I noticed that… all good and beautiful in nature’s eyes. 🙂

  21. 06/01/2012 2:35 pm

    Always love your photos! They add so much to your writings.

    • 09/01/2012 7:50 pm

      TY Leanne! I love reading your Disney tips and escapades too. 🙂

  22. 06/01/2012 5:08 pm

    Trees seem to have a personality all their own, just like us. These are beautiful. Especially like #6, the gnarly one.

    • 09/01/2012 7:51 pm

      TY and I agree… they truly are a live in more ways than one. 😉

  23. 06/01/2012 11:24 pm

    the third tree is a real wonder of geometric clearness …

    • 09/01/2012 7:53 pm

      TY and I wanted to capture its magnificent so much. It is quite the tree to look at… like a diva among the people. 😆

  24. 08/01/2012 7:15 pm

    I so love the pictures you took for this post! 🙂

  25. Gail Walls permalink
    10/01/2012 9:15 am

    Wow, the earth would be missing a lot without trees. They add so much beauty to our world with their scents and fruits, nuts and seeds. Most people think that during winter the trees are dead but they are actually at their strongest, getting ready to burst in all their beauty when the Spring comes. Thank you for your post and photos, I really enjoyed viewing.

  26. 13/01/2012 5:30 pm

    TY and have a great year with healthy trees around you to enjoy! 🙂

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