"Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.
So the tree rustles in the evening when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”
- Hermann Hesse
When was the last time you thought about how inspiring trees are? And did you know that the shade and wind provided by trees reduce annual heating and cooling? Or have you read that a single tree provides roughly 260 pounds of oxygen per year?
🌲 Fun Fact: The English Oak can support hundreds of types of species, including 284 species of insects and 324 taxa of lichens living directly on the tree.
There’s so much more to appreciate and learn about these beautiful giants of our forest.
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