Trees are important to our world. They serve so many necessary purposes, providing us with oxygen, shade, and shelter, just to name a few. Perhaps because we know they are so vital to us, we appreciate and admire them in most places they grow.
One of the locations where trees are enjoyed by a lot of people is in a park or camping/picnic site.
They catch the morning light and make it special.
And they add a warm glow to the evening light.
Without trees, a beautiful sunset might be boring.
Their thick bark suggests much needed protection from extremes of hot and cold temperatures.
The bark is protection for the inner passageways that carry water and nutrients, sometimes for very long distances, until the crown of the tree is reached. (And, of course, we need the moss on the bark to show us where north is because, if you’re like me, you’ve left your compass at home).
This island of trees provided shelter and a resting place for many a bird. The day I took this photo, it was loaded in roosting pheasants. They were camera shy and left before I could ask for their co-operation.
A nuthatch decided she wanted to nest in a tree without all the mess of limbs and leaves. What a lot of work to hammer out a nest in this hydro pole. I had to run to take an Advil after watching her work so hard to chip away the wood.
It’s no wonder the evergreens need to keep their overcoats on all winter to protect against the snow and cold.
Other trees like the maple, drop their leaves each year. They just keep on dropping and dropping. When it’s time to rake the yard, I have a better understanding of the Canadian motto, “The maple leaf forever.”
Some trees have a very hard time in the winter. Snow weighs their branches down and high winds snap them off. It’s a tough life being a tree.
Some trees are sacrificed for the sake of irrigation and hydro-electric power, as was the case in this dam on the Missouri River.
Some lose the battle all alone…
while others, like this crabapple tree, reward us with their bounty.