September 29, 2017
The remarkable tenacity of trees

I recently received an email from my mother in Kansas City.

She sent me a collection of photos of trees, but her email gave no indication of their source, or who had taken the photos.

My web site is normally devoted to posting only my own photos, but these images are exceptional in that they illustrate the remarkable tenacity of trees.

I've placed the photos on a black background, and with a few, I've included the caption that came with them. Other than that, I do not take credit for any of the images.


Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.

Indra Devi







If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.





You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.

Saint Bernard








On pavements and the bark of trees I have found whole worlds.

Mark Tobey


All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.

Albert Einstein





God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.

John Muir






It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.

Robert Louis Stevenson


A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.

Amelia Erhart


Trees are Earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

Rabindranath Tagore


Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

Rabindranath Tagore


A tree is a wonderful living organism which gives shelter, food, warmth and protection to all living things. It even gives shade to those who wield an axe to cut it down.

Gautama Buddha



Storms make trees take deeper roots.

Dolly Parton









I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.

e. e. cummings


I think the tree is an element of regeneration which in itself is a concept of time.

Joseph Beuys


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