Trees – The Versatile, Big Plants

13Trees 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.

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They catch the morning light and make it special.

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And they add a warm glow to the evening light.

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Without trees, a beautiful sunset might be boring.

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Their thick bark suggests much needed protection from extremes of hot and cold temperatures.

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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).

8This 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.

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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.

12Trees have personalities. Here they are having a pow-wow, or maybe it’s a stonehenge-style huddle.

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It’s no wonder the evergreens need to keep their overcoats on all winter to protect against the snow and cold.

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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.”

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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.

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Some trees are sacrificed for the sake of irrigation and hydro-electric power, as was the case in this dam on the Missouri River.

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Some lose the battle all alone…

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while others, like this crabapple tree, reward us with their bounty.

17I hope you’ve enjoyed this “tree”t today.

41 thoughts on “Trees – The Versatile, Big Plants

    • And there is such variety! When I look out my window I see many types and sizes of trees and this is only in a small area. I didn’t even get any tropical trees into the blog. The possibilities are endless!

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    • I have to admit I used to take them for granted because we have so many forested areas in BC, but after traveling to Montana and seeing huge trees that weren’t necessarily evergreens, I looked at trees with a new appreciation. The world would be one big Sahara without them.

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  1. Yes, “I think that I shall never see
    A poem as lovely as a tree”
    and so on, by Joyce Kilmer. Your pictures remind me of her “Trees”. Lovely photos.

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    • I thought of it too, Gladys, but the goofy part of me kept wanting to quote Ogden Nash rather than Joyce Kilmer:

      I think that I shall never see a billboard lovely as a tree. Perhaps, unless the billboards fall, I’ll never see a tree at all.

      Ogden Nash

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  2. What a lovely treet! Beautiful photos. There is just something about trees…
    And I love your take on The Maple Leaf Forever! We don’t have too many of those around here, but those massive poplars are very familiar.

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