I’ve written before about how much I love trees. Here are a list of some of my tree posts, in case you want verification ;):
- “Small Stone” in a Stand of Trees
- Cruel April’s Fool
- Meaningful–Or Otherwise–Spring Moments
- Meaningful Moment in the Midst of Research
- Deviation and Beauty
- The Focus on Where I Am
- Dutch-American Elms
I’m not sure why trees are so important to me, both as a person and as a writer. I know I’m not the only one because when I brought up this subject in the past on this blog, I found that there are many other bloggers who feel as I do about trees.
For some reason I feel they are akin (a kin) to us, just as I feel about animals. There is a spirit in each tree.
Many years ago a friend gave me a beautiful book by Rabindranath Tagore called Fireflies. This is a quote from the book:
“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”
One tree I can’t get enough of is the Jacaranda, which is found in many countries around the world.
These trees are also all over Los Angeles. I was just there, and the trees were gloriously deep lavender at this time of year.
Although Pretoria, South Africa, is known as The Jacaranda City, Los Angeles bloomed intensely purple this visit.
These are the trees bordering the parking lot at The Huntington Library.
Underneath the trees, a purple carpet of blossoms coated the pavement and the cars.
Each blossom is itself a little beauty.
These photos don’t do justice to the way my blood vessels open wider when I look at a row of Jacarandas. Who needs a quarter aspirin a day if they have Jacaranda trees out their window?