Wednesday, 21 May 2008

I love trees...

There is something wonderful about trees - they are something that does not seem to have a drawback - unless you count sweeping up leaves or having your car crushed when one fall on it,I guess.

They make the world beautiful, they clean the air, and even after they have been cut down they have uses, either for burning or turning into wonderful things such as furniture or guitars!

I love trees.

This is my favourite tree in Canterbury...




Isn't it great?

To get an idea of scale, look at the seats in this picture...




OK, it is not a Giant Red Wood, it is an Oak, but it is still pretty impressive, I think.

I stopped by to take these pics on my way to work this morning, so here I am giving it a quick hug - still wearing my helmet.



Hug a tree today!

16 comments:

Logziella said...

Hey, I never much thought about trees to that degree. Even when they are dead they are useful...love that. That is one honkin huge tree!!! I could not believe how huge the trunk is!! Wow!!

My favorite thing is where they is a street lined with trees and then form like a ceiling or canopy over the street. LOVE LOVE LOVE that...it's one of my favorite things!

Love the picture too...cool helmet! :0)

Chief Rock Chef said...

Logzie - I love tree-lined streets too, though they often spoil the effect by trimning them back too hard. Hm, not sure about that pic of me - really shows up the lazy "Quazimodo" eye!

Chachi said...

Wow that is a massive tree and quite beautiful I might add. Oak trees are awesome and so is furniture made from them. I would rather hug my rosebushes but they are too prickly.

Now that's an up close and personal pic, nice job.

mr zig said...

I like trees. But not when you're speeding down a trail on your bike and you clip one with your shoulder and get thrown of your bike and into the river. Yeah. That day I hated trees. - but I like them again - and that tree, sweet - it's so big!

Chief Rock Chef said...

Chachi - Hugging roses is not a good idea! Hm, rather too up-close I think!

Chief Rock Chef said...

Zig - I can see that you would not like that tree! I bet he did it on purpose, some trees are like that.

Terri said...

That is an amazing tree! When I was a kid, growing up, there were mature trees all over our city. Then they were hit hard by Dutch Elm Disease and the majority of them had to be cut down. I remember feeling really sad when that happened. Lots of new trees were planted, but it never looked the same as when I was really young.

Now, in our city, which is named Oakdale (ironically) there has been so much development that again, many of the trees have been cut down. I would really love to see more of the tree lined streets that I remember and that Logzie described.

Chief Rock Chef said...

Terri - Dutch Elm was devastating here too and then we had the "not a hurricane" in 1987 which took down thousands of trees. Unbelievably, one of the worst things to hit tree-lined avenues in recent years was cable TV - they guys would go along laying the cables, chopping through the tree roots as they went...

mindy said...

That thing is huge!

(The tree, not your face).

:-)

Chief Rock Chef said...

Mindy - I thought you were talking about my nose!

Claire said...

I love that tree! - I love trees too - I'm always looking at the shape of them with or without their leaves. My aunt and uncle had an old dead tall cypress tree on their beach house property and when they rebuilt the house they had the tree removed and then placed back in the exact spot only anchored in cement - it is like a really great piece of driftwood - and then there is the Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island near Charleston that you can see online. I have to say that your tree looks more enduring and doesn't need any props!

Sitting in Silence said...

I so love trees as well...

Great pic !

Kiki said...

Wow that tree really is stunning!!! I don't blame you a bit for giving it a big hug!!!

What a fun picture of you, so nice to see you up close!!! Handsome chap!!!

Chief Rock Chef said...

Claire - I love the dead cypress tree idea - my mom used to bring home interesting pieces of drift wood from the beach and hang them on the walls.

Sitting in Silence - Thanks - I try to please.

Kiki - Thanks - the pic is probably a bit too close but my arms are only so long!

Rachael Rae Diaries said...

You are Chief rock chef, tree hugger! Haha! Love the pics!

Jason Nark said...

I am fascinated with Honeylocusts. I was a grad student at U Penn and they're everywhere. They have tiny delicate leaves, that filter the sunlight beautifully.