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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Wonder and Magic of Trees

Welcome to December's Festival of the Trees, where we will be exploring, or wondering about, the magic and mystery of trees.

As the morning mist rises, a lone tree emerges out of the fog. Might this be a faerie tree?
In Ireland, legend surrounds a lone oak, ash or hawthorn... it might be a gateway to the faerie realm. One must be careful not to linger too long under such a faerie tree, or be transported into the land of fae for a few moments. On coming back to the land of mortals, time will have passed for several years.

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Salix says "I know the sprite who lives in that tree. He tells me farmer O'Cairagain won't cut it down.. farmer O'Cairagain wants no bad luck coming his way!"
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Rebecca of "A Year With Trees" describes an eeriness she feels near this tall oak

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"She feels the energy of the oak dryad, whose
strong presence brings us a sense of release, showing that every problem can be solved if we take nourishment from the earth."
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This giant tree stands as a guardian to a protected forest, as related by Dorothee of "Virtual Notes"
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Becky of "Rainy Day Wanderer" has a red oak in her own garden, an oak who catches rainbows!

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" she's very lucky to have such a wonderful rainbow-catching tree"
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Dave of "Via Negativa" has written a beautiful piece about the mystique of distances as he hikes atop a far away mountain.
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Steve at "Blue Jay Barrens" wonders at the mystery of leaning trees
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"Oh, that was done by my friends ..*giggle*.. they were feeling quite naughty that day, traipsing through these woods and shoving over the trees!"
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JSK of "Anybody Seen My Focus?" is puzzled at oozing sap at the base of an oak, and its visiting insects.
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Rebecca in the Woods wrote a poem about cypress knees, how they resemble trolls or elvish cities.


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" I think they are spirits or dryads, surrounding and protecting their tree."
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Walking through a tropical garden, Arati of "Trees, Plants and more" came upon a group of Gymnosperms that seem right out of a magic book
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Elizabeth of "Yips and Howls" takes a walk on a wet foggy day in an enchanting mossy forest
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Stella takes a walk in the entrancing Finsbury Park
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Charlene at "Blissful Solitary Wanderings" delights at the musical greetings of aspen trees.

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"Aspens have a protective nature. The rustling, whispering sound of the leaves is the voice of its spirit, to inspire those who hear it with patience and sensitivity"
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Linda of "The Task at Hand" speaks of life and falling leaves of the golden grove, a beautiful piece of prose that touched my soul!


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"If I had to wear glasses, they would be leaf-shaped!"
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Steve of "Firefly Domains" has brilliant photos of maple leaves.
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Roberta of "Growing with Science" explains the mystery of fig pollination, by a tiniest wasp
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Stella praises the versatile lemon tree, with its endless uses
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DNLee of "Urban Science Adventures" muses about a rare and special chinese chestnut she encountered unexpectedly.
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Georgia of "Local Ecologist" dreams of having chestnut soup

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"mmmm... a favorite dish of dryads!"

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Fallen Timbers has a sycamore snag on his land, which is home to owls
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song of the Tawhairauriki
Robb of "Musings from Aotearoa" visits the magical and spiritual maunga tipua
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PrairieWalker of "Illinois Nature Walk at Ballard Nature Center and Beyond" remembers an old cottonwood and its inhabitants.
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Beth of "Finding Ground" wonders how she would look as a petrified pine
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Ash at "Treeblog" talks about the first snow of winter, and watches a magical sunset behind his favorite oak


Living trees, sculpted into whimsical dancing people or beautiful chairs can be found at Pooktre

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"Sometimes at night, the spirits of the trees come out and dance in the mist"

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There is a carved tree in Fitzroy Gardens, Australia. It's called Ola Cohn's Fairies Tree, and has delightful carvings of faeries, gnomes and various animals.
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Root Drinker
Mark of "Glebe Homie" emailed this to me, and said it has a Land-Before-Time quality to it, reminded him of Littlefoot.

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A strange co-incidence for me, as I worked as an animator on that Bluth film, and I recognised the little long-neck in his photo before I had even looked at his note. I smiled as I discovered he had seen Littlefoot too.
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Emma Burghardt animated a beautiful film called "The Trees, They Were Once Good Men"
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My hawthorn wish faerie cross-stitch.
I tell the story of my own hawthorn tree, and its magic.



And so we end this post with the lone faerie tree greeting the winter solstice sunrise, the shortest day of the year. A day where the gateway to the faerie world is very thin. Was that a pixie sprite you saw out of the corner of your eye?
Season's greetings to all you tree lovers, and may the lengthening days promise magic and wonder in the coming year!

A big thanks to Dave for indulging me this month, in letting my theme be about magic, mystery and faeries! And thanks to all the contributors, who posted these enchanting images and prose.

Please visit Festival of the Trees for info and links to past tree festivals. January's Festival will be held at Natures Whispers. She is thinking about asking people to share new years resolutions with respect to 2011's International Year of Forests.






12 Comments:

Blogger rohrerbot said...

Wow!!! That was a lot of fantastic information. Love all the trees and the pics with stories. Thanks for sharing!

December 01, 2010 1:08 am  
Blogger The Words Crafter said...

These are amazing!!!!!!

December 01, 2010 2:25 am  
Blogger Arati said...

great theme and amazing pictures. with every picture and link i feel like i am being transported to another land..
thank you for hosting.

December 01, 2010 4:22 am  
Blogger Stella said...

You have put together an enchanted forest! Many thanks!

December 01, 2010 5:53 pm  
Blogger Ruahines said...

Kia ora,
This is just so cool. I love the connection that so many feel through these trees. It is inspiring and hopeful! Well done to all.
Kia kaha!
Robb

December 01, 2010 10:11 pm  
Anonymous Charlene said...

Wow, this is a delightful festival with all these awe-inspiring trees! You've done a great job in putting them together and make the blog a rewarding experience to read.
Thanks for including my post.

December 02, 2010 10:19 am  
Blogger Roberta said...

It's no mystery that you have put together a beautiful carnival. I can't wait to explore the posts. Thank you for hosting.

December 02, 2010 3:33 pm  
Blogger Jade L Blackwater said...

Yes, yes, yes! Magical and delicious, Salix, thank you! So many fine trees to explore. Thanks for such a playful issue.

Cheers,
Jade

December 08, 2010 4:41 pm  
Anonymous shoreacres said...

You've put together a wonderful collection - it was completely enjoyable to explore my first Festival!

I did link to the Festival at my <a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/shoreacres/comment.html?entrynum=117>Weather Underground</a> page, and so much appreciate having my entry included from <i>The Task at Hand.</i> I'm looking forward to the next festival!

December 14, 2010 9:28 pm  
Blogger Phoenix C. said...

Have just found this via a tweet by Bee Strawbridge. Beautiful! Thank you, Salix. Your blog is wonderful too, am now following. I'll visit again this evening when I've more time to wander around the enchanted glades.

December 27, 2010 1:39 pm  
Blogger Jasmine said...

Wow! such a beautiful edition. Thank you xJ

January 04, 2011 1:08 am  
Blogger blackash said...

Hi I'm Becky from Pooktre, I love what you have done with our photo and you dancing tree people drawing. I've posted on facebook,
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Pooktre/79183056532
Thanks
Becky

March 02, 2011 2:24 am  

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