Hello and welcome to another tree-licious edition of the Festival of the Trees! I decided this month not to wait until the last few days, but start planning for the show right from day one! So here I am, it is the first saturday of the month and I'm wandering through the fanastic edition put together by John at Kind of Curious and hey, whats this -- our very first submission -- a lovely poem about the significance of an oak tree sent across by Jason. Jason's site is about 'poetry, politics and jazz. But mostly poetry.' So head on over and enjoy his poems.
Picture courtesy Rebecca at A Year with the Trees
Saturday, 9th of October, 2010
The first week of the month has flown by, it is Saturday again and this time the arboreal treat is from Jasmine at Nature's Whispers. Those of us who have been following Jasmine's blog for a while know that she does some pretty amazing things with natural dyes and felt; this month Jasmine combines felt with something else -- a poem on trees. Hard to imagine? Go check it out at her blogpost, crown of autumn leaves. The week had its share of foliage for me to revel in as well, an offsite afrom work took me to the Golden Palms resort and spa about an hour from Bangalore; I was delighted with the tropical foliage they had around their grounds, though I did wonder how many of them were native to the area. The phytophactor calls them 'UBT' - Ubiquitous Tropical Flora - and indeed they are. Do you know their names? Do you know how they influence the local ecology? Do let us know via the comment box.
Picture courtesy Trees, Plants & more
Picture courtesy Charlotte at The Galloping Gardener
I must therefore thank Dave Bonta, for starting the Festival of The Trees.. much pleasure has it given all of us... and for so diligently forwarding all the submissions he received this last week. On Monday he sent across the link to a post at Botanizing about a forest fire. This was followed on Tuesday by a post sent by field wildlife biologists Ben and Carrie Tracks about the gigantic redwoods, that can be more than 300ft in height and 21ft in diameter! Ben and Carrie are currently surveying the spectacular NW coast of oregon for spotted owls. Or wait a minute, are they on to something else already? There's only one way to find out -- head on over to their wonderful blog and explore the natural wonders of the United States with them. And if that doesn't fill your appetite for giant trees, then travel to the other side of the world and gaze at the stately serayas in Singapore.
Tuesday also saw a submission from Mike at 10,000 birds. If you've been around the nature blogging world for a while then you surely would have bumped into Mike, Charlie and Corey's 10,000 birds at some point. This month Charlie had something to say about the trees as well.. in particular about the Horse Chestnut (Conker) tree. While the other trees in the UK are only just getting ready for autumn, with their leaves turning yellow, the horse chestnut it seems, is well into the spirit of the season, with its copper leaves carpeting the ground beneath.
Picture courtesy Charlie at 10000birds
Picture courtesy PraireWalker at Illinois Nature Walk
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More poetry and pictures at Spirit Whispas, where Suzanne tells us the story of little acorns.
Rebecca at A Year with the Trees, blogs about a tree a day; and especially for this festival shares the red and yellow gold colours of fall in West Virginia. Travel to her part of the world and marvel at the Red Maple and Sassafras trees. And then fly over to the other side of the country, to beautiful Oregon, where Elizabeth photographs the deciduous trees that add touches of colour to the evergreen scenery.
Picture courtesy Elizabeth at Yips and Howls
And finally, Patricia at Abyssal Plain wanders through the grounds of the house of a friend and shares pictures and thoughts about the magnificent trees they hold.
4th November, 2010
I hoped i would not miss anyone out, but it looks like i did. Rebecca's post about finding cypress trees where a book on natural history said there weren't any mature cypress trees, got lost in the email spam. Thank you Rebecca, for bringing this to my attention! The pictures certainly do give us the impression that this is a place where 'a fairytale can happen'. The perfect segue to our next festival!
Picture courtesy Laura at Shine the Divine
The host for the next edition is Windywillow. The theme (optional) is 'The magic of faerie trees". In Silvia's words-
"We are approaching the winter solstice during [December], which has a lot of magical and mystical connections. So I thought it would be fun to have the theme of Magical Faerie Trees.
Do you know of any trees that has a faerie residing in it?
Have you ever seen a tree or forest that is so beautiful, it almost seems unreal?
Are there trees you know that are shrouded in mystery?
Send your photos, artwork, stories, songs or videos about magical, whimsical or mysterious trees or forests. It can be from any time during the year."
Send in your submissions to silviasalix [at] yahoo.co.uk by Nov 27th.
I hope you enjoyed this edition of the Festival of Trees, replete with poetry, fall colours, thoughts and pictures of magnificent trees.
Happy tree gazing!