Trees. Plant Trees. Please

We are in need of trees. They are how we breathe. Their mass destruction in numerous rain forests and is tantamount to suffocation. Suffocation of all species. Please plant trees in your place. Invite your family to plant trees in their places. Invite your neighbors to plant trees. Invite your communities to plant trees — your social and your political communities. Please.

In my city this Linden was struck by lightning in March. It has a twin tree to the left, which is ill. Despite the severe shearing the arborist and crew did to these trees, they sprouted delightfully. I had hope. But they are now all gone. Pine bark mulch marks their spots.
Tamarack tree in a glen that abuts two major through routes and enables foot access from them to the local rail trail.
Persistent, lovely beech in the next town over from ours.
Ash, Hampstead Heath, London
Willow and offspring at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA
Aspen in winter along the rail trail. The aspen’s root system is famously enormous, often ancient and supportive of other beings.
A stand or group of aspen trees is considered a singular organism with the main life force underground in the extensive root system. Before a single aspen trunk appears above the surface, the root system may lie dormant for many years until the conditions are just right.
Horse Chestnut, Public Garden, Boston, MA
Tree roots. While exposure seems, and to some degree is debilitating to them, as we walk on them, roots, as noted in last post, need some exposure to air.

These are almost all local, urban or suburban trees. Local to my purview or, in one case, travel. It is life that comes through photosynthesis, and through fungi. Many fungi are also associated with trees because they are linked into the tree roots. The association benefits both the fungi and the trees. This particular type of association between fungi and the roots of plants such as trees, is known as a mycorrhiza .

“The forests are the flags of nature.   They appeal to all and awaken inspiring universal feelings.  Enter the forest and the boundaries of nations are forgotten.  It may be that some time an immortal pine will be the flag of a united peaceful world.”
–   Enos A. Mills (Enos Abijah Mills (April 22, 1870 – September 21, 1922) was an American naturalist, author and homesteader. He was the main figure behind the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park)

And here’s the biggest danger from the Amazon rain forest burning. It could self destruct. Because as they burn they emit carbon dioxide. It is their function to counter the emission of carbon dioxide by emitting oxygen and ingesting the carbon dioxide. When they have burned, they (1) emitted a lot of carbon dioxide, as this is what fire does, it swallows oxygen, and (2) they are not there anymore to make oxygen and offset carbon dioxide. Plant trees!!

Like all other entities, trees have a better life when in community. Plant like trees or complementary trees if you can, and trees that are indigenous to the place where you are planting them.

Author: Kate Hemenway

I like to explore, to observe. I like to be within what is around. There is always something to wonder about and to ponder. There is always something.. My favorite ways to get to places are bicycling and walking; or reading, or thinking, or asking. Please feel free to ask back, as I continue to wonder out loud, express joy or concern, or, sometimes, talk through my hat.

4 thoughts on “Trees. Plant Trees. Please”

  1. Hi Kate,

    Just heard the news on tv that the Joshua Tree is at risk of extinction. Thanks for the education. Very nice pictures!




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