There is something serenely splendid about being in the middle of a forest, looking up into the skies, hearing the wind rustle among the branches and being rejuvenated by clean, fresh-smelling air everywhere. Such a desirable situation has often given a writer’s imagination wings, although even a familiar neighbourhood or backyard with a few graceful trees which have grown tall with them through the years, might suffice.
Photographs taken in our backyard and Blackburn/Accrington neighbourhoods.
Through the years, fantastical stories about talking trees have been written. Think about The Wizard of Oz and the Wicked Witch of the West, and Dorothy who is scolded by a frightening apple tree for picking its fruit without permission . . . Children of course, have incredible imaginations, and for them, it would be a straightforward matter to start talking to the nearest tree and expect to be answered back!
Two apple trees right at the end of our backyard, no doubt keeping each other company!
In real life however, the trees’ language is much more complicated, it happens underground, and as you’ll see, it’s very important for us to understand what they are trying to tell us . . . With this in mind, I would like you to click on the link below and watch this short, insightful video released by National Geographic. You’ll be amazed to see how trees talk to each other, and why it is vital for us to understand their unique language. If we carelessly chop down trees, without giving it much thought, we ‘ll destroy their lines of communication with disastrous consequences for the earth!
Me and the family high up in the mountains and forests on The Isle of Arran, Scotland.
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*Video – National Geographic