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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #50 – Trees

Lens – Artists Photo Challenge #50 – so happy to have discovered another photo challenge.

Trees are one of my favorite subjects. Every time I traveled my mother would want to see the photos. She would say, “They are all of trees. Didn’t you see anything else. You can see trees in the yard.” I would tell her that I can’t see those trees in my yard, every location has its own beauty. Watching my grandchildren interact with trees fills my heart and gives me hope for the next generations ability to connect with nature.

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.”

― John Muir

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“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

― William Shakespeare

“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

“He believed because we evolved in nature, we have a biological need to connect with it. We love nature because we learned to love the things that helped us survive. We feel comfortable in nature because that is where we have lived for most of life on earth. We are genetically determined to love the natural world. It is in our DNA.”

~ E.O. Wilson
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“Trees are poems that Earth writes upon the sky.”

~ Kahlil Gibran

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 “To really feel a forest canopy one must use different senses, and often the most useful one is the sense of imagination.”

― Joan Maloof

Thank you for visiting our beautiful trees and all the beauty they bring to each of us in their magical way.

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This year I am visiting the forest weekly and spending time with trees daily. Each night, weather permitting, before calling it a night I sit in my swing under the tree in my back yard and converse with the glorious trees that bring such pleasure to my life. My goal is to become one with nature and share the experience with others through grounding and forest bathing (shinrin-yoku). It is wonderful that there are words to describe what I have been doing my whole life. If I were to win the million dollars I would purchase forests and preserve them for future generations.

Love and Light!


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Earth Day Celebration at Kripalu

“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on.” ~ Henry David Thoreau ~

Earth Day should not really be celebrated one day a year – it should be something we celebrate and give thanks to every day. Mother Earth is our home – we should honor and care for everything she blesses us with knowing life would not be without her blessings.

Feeling grateful to have shared in The Language of the Earth program at Kripalu. We spent the weekend exploring nature, hugging trees, learning how animals interact with nature, and planting a tree.

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”  ~ John Muir ~

“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”  ~ John James Audubon ~

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”  ~ John Muir ~

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In the center of the tree you will see markings on the tree from squirrels. It was interesting learning how to read the animal signs in nature.


There were so many places where people visiting Kripalu stop to meditate, relax, and hold rituals. Such a peaceful location to visit and spend a weekend or week.

“He that plants trees loves others besides himself.” ~ Thomas Fuller ~

We each wrote a note to Mother Earth and buried them with the tree. Can’t wait to return to see how the tree is growing over the next few years.

The view of the lake from Kripalu was beautiful and the two little birds came to visit me this morning while I was drawing a tree while sitting at the table.

DSC_0818.jpg“Time spent among trees is never time wasted.” ~ Anonymous ~

During our last adventure in nature today I noticed this tree growing out from a fallen tree. This is why it is important to leave fallen trees as they continue to feed other trees in the forest. Old growth forests should be left alone and unfortunately they have been destroyed over the years due to ignorance. It is time to pay attention to the message of nature. Trees are sentient beings – A sentient being is one who perceives and responds to sensations of whatever kind – sight, hearing, touch, taste, or smell. Sentient ultimately comes from the Latin verb sentire, which means “to feel” and is related to the noun sensus, meaning “feeling” or “sense.”

“Away, away, from men and towns,
To the wild wood and the downs, —
To the silent wilderness,
Where the soul need not repress its music.”
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Did you get out in nature on Earth Day? Do you feel peaceful and relaxed when walking in nature?

I am planning a sharing of Forest Bathing with a small group of people in a local wooded area in the near future. If you are interested in experiencing this wonderful event please send an email to spiritofdragonflies@gmail.com.

Love and Light!


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WPC – Danger

This week, share a photo that says Danger! to you.* A view down the steep hill you’re about to bike, the last piece of cake that’s in danger of being eaten, signage in your town warning you about gigantic sword-toting shrubbery — there are lots of places you can take this, not all of them scary. I’m girding my loins!

“It’s logic: The more forests die, the less carbon they take out of the air, the warmer it gets, the more forests die.” ~ Dr. Nate McDowell, Los Alamos National Laboratory ~

Danger! to me is watching the haphazard destruction of the forests from Albany north to the Adirondacks. It makes me wonder if people have gone mad in their quest to control the environment and line their pockets. Yes, we all need to eat and have homes, but where does the greed and destruction end?

The area in these photos is near my home and was a beautiful wooded area, one of the reasons I chose to live here. A beautiful treed area with ponds and hiking trails it was home to deer, turkey, rabbits, fox, woodchucks, birds, butterflies and many other wildlife enjoyed this as their home. Many local people hiked through the trails for years before I relocated here.

“The trees are our lungs, the rivers our circulation, the air our breath, and the earth our body.” ~ Deepak Chopra ~

Over the last few months, the area has been clearcut. It is sad to witness this destruction of such a beautiful area.

I called to ask why they were clear cutting, the sign says preservation. This doesn’t look like preservation to me. It isn’t my land so I really have no say, yet my heart aches watching the destruction. Danger! Wildlife Habitat Restoration – Preserve Commission apparently does not mean preservation of trees or the land.

The trees absorbed the stench of the landfill as well as the fumes and the noise pollution from the two nearby merging highways. Now anyone living in the area is exposed to the constant roaring of cars driving on the highways and the stench of the landfill fills the air. The gentleman on the phone said it hurt him to cut down the oak tree. My question was, why would you cut down a perfectly healthy oak tree? He shared they are returning the area to the way it was 75 years ago – a time when the pine bush grew in the area. He assured me that the wildlife living in the area found a new place to live and will return once the bush grows (in 6-7 years). I asked where he thought the wildlife would have found to live in the suburban sprawl of malls, strip malls, highways, and traffic congestion. He didn’t have an answer for that one. He said I would enjoy it once the shrubs have grown and I assured him I wouldn’t be living in the area that long.

Danger! to wildlife in the area, any remaining trees will be felled by the end of summer so I hope they have found a way to protect themselves for the next 6-7 years.

I still have hope for a wake-up call to all those who do not understand the importance of the trees and the fact that they are our lungs, our shade, our coolness in the summer and protection in the winter. An awareness that clear cutting and destruction of the forests, especially old growth forest, is not something that can be easily repaired. It will take decades if not centuries to restore. With the current administration in the United States, I am not sure what will happen to our natural habitat but I pray for an awakening and transformation in mindset to one of balancing the importance of maintaining a healthy environment with the material needs of the population. All the money in the world will not replace the need for a healthy environment.

Today, I dream of a world filled with a variety of trees lining the streets, filling the parks, shading playgrounds, thriving old growth forests, and a preservation of natural habitat.

What can you do? Teach your children the importance of maintaining a balance with nature and bring them into natural settings to learn about trees, fungi, soil, nature . . . Read books –  The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben; The Long, Long Life of Trees by Fiona Stafford or  Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv to name a few. Take a walk in nature and connect with the trees and wildlife. Slow down, revitalize your spirit in nature.

Love and Light!

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