Thursday, May 5, 2016


J. R. Tolkein
The Fellowship of the Ring

All that is gold does not glitter, 
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

1) The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wildnerness.
~John Muir~

2) The creation of a thousand forests in one acorn.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

3) Shade for man and shelter for animals, planted in your name, may you be the same for those around you, every year the same.
~Nancy J. Cavanaugh~

4) A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
~Greek Proverb~

5) I am ending with a poem from one of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver, called When I Am Among the Trees

When I am among the trees,
Especially the willows and the honey locust, 
Equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
They give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
In which I have goodness, and discernment,
And never hurry through the world
But walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves 
And call out, "Stay awhile."
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, "It's simple," they say,
"And you too have come 
Into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
With light, and to shine."


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  1. Hello, Denise, beautiful trees. I enjoyed the quotes and the pretty poem! Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and weekend!

  2. It's always nice to have something to look up to!

  3. Beautiful images, Denise, and terrific quotes to go with them.

  4. How I love trees.
    And the Ents were the Tolkein character I mosted wanted to meet. I still mourn that the Entwives were never found.

  5. Beautiful quotes and photos! Nice perspective, too.

  6. I'm getting a crick in my neck :-)
    Great points of view.
    I have you know that I have painted sitting in Tolkien's study.
    For what it's worth :-)

  7. Your final poem filled my eyes with grateful tears

  8. Beautiful photos and I love all the quotes and the poem really touched me.

  9. Wow, what a post. This is great. Thank you.

  10. Poems are great this morning. Just saw a post on devastating fires in Canada, so this reminded me of the beauty of the forest and how quickly it can be destroyed.

  11. Gorgeous post about some of my favorite things ... trees! Thanks Denise. Have a great week.

  12. this post is AWESOME... i love trees and the photos are amazing and all the quotes and poems are a perfect fit... the trees look like they are gathering to have a talk and they also talk to me... super post today

  13. Fantastic. Dad did that...plant trees and say I'll not see the shade but the grandchildren will.

  14. Such beautiful tree poetry, Denise, and lovely photos! I adore Tolkein. I had never heard of Mary Oliver, but loved her poem.

  15. I just love how you've taken these photographs.

    "Around me the trees stir in their leaves
    And call out, "Stay awhile."
    The light flows from their branches."

    I certainly stayed a while and had another look at photo's, they are lovely.

    All the best Jan

  16. awesome shots denise and great quotes to go with! i always love looking up into the trees! thank you for linking, hope to see you tomorrow!!


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