As a child, trees always filled me with wonder, and weirdly enough, a sense of love and peace. They were giants. And unlike the other giants, the adults in my life, they remained silent but offered shade, fruits, and the lulling music of rustling leaves.
Once I left my childhood home, I lost touch with trees as Indian mega-cities where I moved turned less green each passing year.
In Malaysia, I went for jungle hikes, and enjoyed the long drives among forests. But Kuala Lumpur, where I lived, was not a city made for walking. I passed trees by in my car, but could not often touch them.
Singapore changed that. It is a city safe enough for long walks, and the pavements are (mostly) very walk-able.
Now that I can touch trees whenever I want, I find a lot of joy in getting up close and personal with them, taking snapshots of their gnarly or smooth trunks, marveling at their looming height, and falling in love with the entire eco-system that is each tropical tree.
The trees in the pictures above are wise souls I meet on my morning walks, and sometimes, when I stand beside them fixing my shoe or stretching my legs while leaning on them, I can hear their slow-sapping-thoughts, the decades of wisdom stored within, and a sort of patient, compassionate sentience. If I hug them, I’d be considered a kooky tree-hugger around here, so each day on my walks I pretend I need to pause for breath when I’m drawn to a tree and make sure to touch it and say hello.
I’m not sure what species each of them is, but the trees in these pictures are friends. When one on my regular haunt was felled for being too old and diseased, I couldn’t take that route for weeks.
What about you? What trees grow in your neighborhood? What do trees mean to you?
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This post was for Thursday Tree Love, a photo feature hosted by my friend Parul Kashyap Thakur on every 2nd and 4th Thursday of a month. The next edition will go live on October 28, 2021. If you’d like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog, and connect with Parul’s post.
- Angela joins with a tree from Srinagar, India
- Archana joins with Mimosa Hamata from her walks around the hills of Pune
- JoAnna joins with trees from her hike from a nature preserve in North Carolina
- Alana joins with birds and trees from upstate New York in the US
- Lin joins with trees from around her in England
- Chandra joins with a tree from her work campus in the United States
- Divya shares Peaches and Peach trees from Brentwood in Tennessee, USA
- Lily joins with trees from Cold Lake Provincial Park in Canada
- Traci joins with many Pine trees from Raymond NH in the United States
- Cath joins with an Eucalyptus tree from Hobart, Australia
- Liz joins with trees and waterfall from the Tunnel Creek Trail in Oregon, US
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