January 4

Inspiration: What We See In Trees…

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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


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    • 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! 🙂

  • 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.

    • 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 🙂

  • 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

    • 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! 🙂

    • 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! 🙂

  • 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!

    • 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! 🙂

  • 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.

  • 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

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

    • 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! 😉

  • 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:

    • 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! 🙂

  • 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?”

  • 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?

    • 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! 🙂

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

  • 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?

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

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

  • 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.

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