Over the last several days I have been playing in and around Flagstaff, Arizona. The pine trees are impressive—and the scent in the air is wondrous. The pine trees also represent resilience and hope for the future. The hillsides are not as thick with pine as they were years and years ago, since they were cut as lumber. Fires have also worked through the hills, thinning the forests. But the trees are still here. Thank goodness. Today being Arbor Day makes me reflect on how important trees are—and how we need to take better care of them, if we want them around in the future. They are our future, literally and figuratively. I certainly hope you have been noticing and enjoying the trees around you, especially today. Did you sit in the shade, climb to the highest branches, harvest some fruit, or maybe make a fire or carve your initials into the bark? Have you hugged a tree lately? Maybe you even planted a tree? And today, like every day—whether you notice and appreciate trees or not—I know you have been breathing the oxygen trees replenish for us throughout the world.
How did you celebrate Arbor Day? I am sharing some photos of a few of my favorite trees!
Some Ancient Bristlecone Pines–some are thousands of years old!
California Redwoods–some of the tallest and oldest trees on the planet!
Fallen Trees & Stumps from Petrified Forest, Arizona
Some Random Favorite Trees throughout the Years
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SOME QUOTES ON THE IMPORTANCE OF TREES
“It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.” Wangari Meathal
“Research gathered over recent years has highlighted the countless benefits to people, wildlife and the environment that come from planting trees and creating new woodland habitat. It’s obvious trees are good things.” Clive Anderson
“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” Abraham Lincoln
“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Warren Buffett
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant an apple tree.” Martin Luther
“He who plants a tree plants hope.” Lucy Larcorn
“Be like a tree in pursuit of your cause. Stand firm, grip hard, thrust upward, bend to the winds of heaven, and learn tranquility.” Dedication from Father of the Trees
“Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life. Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall. Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone. Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.” William Alexander
“For in the future nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious that if it were made of gold and silver.” Martin Luther
“What is a fish without a river? What is a bird without a tree to nest in? What is an Endangered Species Act without any enforcement mechanism to ensure their habitat is protected? It is nothing.” Jay Inslee
“Until you dig a hole, plant a tree, water it and make it survive, you haven’t done a thing. You are just talking.” Wangari Maathai
“I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.” John Muir
“A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.” John Muir
“A man doesn’t plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity.” Alexander Smith
“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” Anonymous
“The act of planting a tree is, yes, a simple one. But rich. Rich in symbolism, rich in personal satisfaction, rich in the exercise of responsibility.” Michael Fisher
“Only caring individuals can restore the places we inhabit. The simple act of planting a tree not only restores the places we live, but makes us whole and powerful again.” Paul Hawken
“Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets. To plant a tree, one need only own a shovel.” Aldo Leopold
“In the woods we return to reason and faith.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To exist as a nation, to prosper as a state, and to live as people, we must have trees.” Theodore Roosevelt
“Tree are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” Rabindranath Tagor
“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir
“The best friend on earth of man is the tree: when we use the tree respectfully and economically we have one of the greatest resources of the earth.” Frank Lloyd Wright
“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” Greek Proverb
“I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.” Willa Cather