Tribute to Trees


Today I wanted to post a tribute to trees....
It's something I've been thinking about for some time now and I know there are many fellow tree huggers out there. The only trouble is how much I wanted to post...seriously I've chopped (oops...sorry no pun intended) this post from a 'War and Peace' type post.
So where to start...obviously trees provide us with two of life's essentials, food and oxygen but then there is so much more...as shelter, medicine, and tools. They can provide peaceful, aesthetically pleasing environments which we can all enjoy. They frame landscapes, create beautiful backgrounds and enhance building designs. Trees can provide privacy, emphasize beautiful views, and screen unsightly areas. 
They improve our quality of life by bringing natural elements and wildlife habitats into urban settings...in fact I'd better stop there because there's a risk I could go on and on....and there's a lot of photos to get through. Maybe you should pop the kettle on for a cuppa while you browse?
If you're a tree lover then you'll know just how special they are and how they can touch your very soul.
I hope you enjoy my little tree tribute.
The first photo on the left is the Crow Pine tree in Canada 
The middle tree was taken during our trip to New Zealand's North Island and the far right was taken on one of my morning walks here in Melbourne.
The exfoliating bark never ceases to amaze me...and also reminds me just how important moisturizing is and that I must step up my beauty regime!

The patterns and colours are stunning....especially when they have just had a shower!



I sometimes feel compelled to touch the tree trunk especially when it's stripped of bark...it looks like it should feel warm like a living limb...and I'm always surprised that it doesn't. 
(I know that this might sound odd...maybe I should move on swiftly?!?!)

 

Then of course there are the big blousey show offs that like a splash from the colour palette...you'd like purple? 
Not a problem.....

 Or would you prefer red?


And that's just a snippet of looking at trees but then there's all the other aspects...like who visits or uses a tree for shelter or survival.


Here are a few fellow tree huggers....precious birds eggs, the koala, a possom snoozing away during the day and a flock of local rainbow lorikeets enjoying breakfast.
 Sometimes an unexpected guest might arrive.... the tawny frogmouth owl that isn't really an owl at all...

 

And of course I couldn't miss out the majestic kookaburra

Or the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo...

Yet another serious tree hugger....literally!

We mustn't forget that trees bare fruit too....here's a photo of my lemon tree last year and I'm happy to say I've noticed lots of flowers appearing again this year :D
I'm thinking it might be an idea to plant an apple tree in the place of the tree that had to be uprooted last week. I miss being able to just pick an apple off my own tree. It's been quite a while. 


And then of course all the various colour that appear with the different seasons...giving pleasure as we pass from one season to the other.

Spring positively bursting into life...with pungent fragrances to stop you right in your tracks in order to appreciate their effort!

Beautiful blossom....

But then fall comes to call....

I don't think I'd ever seen a pine cone this big before and thankfully it didn't fall on my head as I walked beneath the canopy.

From little things...big things grow!
Did you ever plant an acron as a child...I'm hoping to visit mine one day just to see how big it might be. 
I also had the priviledge of taking part in a local council organised Community Planting Day here a few years ago where I helped plant lots of trees and grasses along a nature reserve...but I took a special note of this one particular tree, so that I would remember...that's MY TREE!
I regularly check on its progress....it's now over 6ft tall and looking good...I'm so proud of it!
Everyone should plant at least one tree...it's incredibly satisfying.

The bottom right hand photo show's my hubby standing beneath his favourite oak tree which is in a local park back in the UK. The photo doesn't do it justice and its beautiful perfect shape...as you can see it's been there for quite some time...and must have some stories to tell.
 As the wonderfully warm summer days slowly leave us... trees compensate and console us with colourful displays.


Finally the leaves fall...leaving bare branches but even so they can be spectacular on the landscape...oh and I mustn't forget we then have the most special tree of all...the Christmas Tree! 
I've searched my mess, unorganised, collection of photographs for my best Christmas Tree photo and I can't find it! 
Note to self...I really must take some time to reorganised my photo files...but that could take me years. 
I have quite a few :(

Even when sadly a tree has to be taken down....it can still enhance our lives, by keeping us warm and cosy throughout the winter months. There's something very special about a real fire.
I know I'm going to see so many things I should have included in this post but I think you get the point...trees mean a lot to me and I couldn't live without them. I hope you feel the same way.


Have a great week everyone and don't forget to take a look at the trees around you...there's sure to be something special. 
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What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday 166 (WOYWW)

Hey...it's Wednesday yet again!!! 
Can I just ask a question?....who took July?!?!?!
If you're new to the term WOYWW or just here for the first time and wonder what on earth  I'm talking about....then take a look at Julia's blog at Stamping Ground
Basically on a Wednesday it's time to open you're door and let everyone in to see what you're up to...well on you workdesk that is! Visitors can come from all over the world and the group is growing....
 There are so many talented artists and crafters out there...there's always something to capture your interest or inspire you.
So let me show you what's happening on my desk this week....
 Once again my poor dining room table is my workdesk but at least it's getting lots of attention.

 I'm so glad that I snapped this shot yesterday afternoon after I'd been pretending it was summer. I'd been outside gardening...yep it's calls finally got through to me and I spent a few wonderful hours pottering...well bent double weeding actually! :$
When I entered the dining room the late afternoon sun was streaming in through the window, so I thought I'd photograph it there and then.
I'm so glad I did because my summer pretence has been shattered this morning...the wind is blowing a hoolie, the windows are rattling and there's a very wintery sky out there. Rain is undoubtedly on it's way....but if that's the case....that could mean a day to spend drawing! whoohoo :D

So as you can probably see Mr Kookaburra is finally finished! Yay....and I love him!

 There's also my book that I supposedly have to finish reading...the book club meeting is tonight!
Also the keen snoopers out there will notice a coloured piece of artwork...I know that's unusual for me but I'm pushing myself and it's exciting. It's a frog and I hope to post it to the Artist Playroom later this week.
I'm still playing at the moment.
And so in order to keep this brief I think I'll end there...
I'd just like to thank everyone who visited my place during last week...I really love to chat with you even if it is only briefly, even better if you've decided to follow me. Just so that you know...I do a little dance here whenever I see a new follower...so keep me dancing  :D
If I didn't visit your desk I apologise...it's not that I don't want to...it's just I need to sleep sometime, but I will try again this week :D
Have fun desk hopping everyone!