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Trees Are The Teachers of Life

Audrey Hunt, music teacher, shares a true story that will tug at your heart.

I gain my strength from these trees as they greet me each morning.

I gain my strength from these trees as they greet me each morning.

Lessons We Learn From Trees

Stand tall and proud
Sink your roots deep into the earth
Be content with your natural beauty
Go out on a limb
Drink plenty of water
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view

Author - )Ilan Shamir

We can learn many of life's most important lessons from a tree:

  • The value of patience. We must be willing to wait. All good comes to us in its own time.
  • Change can be beautiful. Each season brings its own beauty. Without change, we cease to grow.
  • Roots must be nourished tended to and fed. We all need a healthy root system to sustain us.
  • Parenthood, in all its forms, can only achieve success through love.

Hugging A Tree

Author Audrey Hunt getting her tree fix. "When I touch a tree I feel the hand of my creator."

Author Audrey Hunt getting her tree fix. "When I touch a tree I feel the hand of my creator."

I Feel The Pain Of A Tree Being Cut

I have always felt the living presence of trees. I hear them breathe. I listen to them sing. I feel their pain and delight in their joy.

My need to touch and hug a tree began as far back as I can remember. It remains part of my daily ritual, supplying me with energy, love and gratitude. When I touch a tree, I feel the hand of my creator. When I hear the cry and pain of a tree being cut I cry too.

One Of My Favorite Poems

I think that I shall never see

a poem as lovely as a tree

a tree whose hungry mouth is prest

against the sweet earth's flowing breast

A tree who looks at God all day

and lifts her leafy arms to pray

A tree that may in summer wear

a nest of robins in her hair

Upon whose bosom snow has lain

who intimately lives with rain

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Poems are made by fools like me

but only God can make a tree.

Joyce Kilmer. 1886–1918


Opposition Is Part Of Life

Trees teach us to be flexible. Opposition is part of life but if we maintain a degree of flexibility in our attitudes and viewpoints we will not be broken in any storm of criticism or opposition. Stay strong in all types of weather. However, sometimes you need to go with the flow and sway with the breeze

Mother Nature has so much to offer us in the following forms:

  • Healing
  • Calmness
  • Peace
  • Tranquility
  • Beauty

If we would only take the time to listen, look and learn from Mother Nature's children and elders. Take the giant Redwoods for example. These majestic historians reach to the sky always looking up and nothing can stop them. No time for self-pity or worry. Through storms and sometimes impossible odds, they continue to grow and develop fulfilling their destiny.

How do we handle opposition? Do we continue to reach for the sky or do we wallow in self-pity and waste our precious time worrying? How strong are our roots?

Where are you in the great journey? Maybe you're already in flight. Some of you may be waiting for just the right moment to surge into flight. Perhaps most of you, are still swimming blindly in the great sea, your massive potential untapped.


Trees Teach Us To Let Go Of What We No Longer Need

Nothing that a tree does is a waste. When it is time to let go of what they no longer need, they do it with grace. What an important lesson for us to learn. How often do we hang onto what we no longer need?

The leaves on a tree fall when the light changes and rids the tree of all her toxins for that year. The leaves in turn nourish the forest floor and provide nutrients for young trees, shelter for insects and animals and each last cast off leaf gets recycled.

Trees make a place for birds to sing. They also provide a place for little houses (nests) to be built.

We can gain strenght and wisdom as well as peace and calm from trees. On a hot day, we can whisper "thank you" for the shade they provide.

I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far! ~John Muir


What You May Not Know About Trees

While researching facts about trees I found myself totally absorbed in what I learned. Here are a few interesting facts I'd like to share with you:

  • In Sweden Willow trees are used to clean sewage sludge, reuse wastewater and recycle liquid from landfills.
  • Preserve mature trees. These elders remove 70 times more pollution than newly planted trees.
  • One single tree absorbs as much carbon in a year as a car does while driving 26,000 miles.
  • The tallest tree in the U.S. is found in the northern region of California's Redwood National Park. This tree is 359 ft. tall and over 2000 years old. I've been privileged to see this amazing giant Redwood.
  • Trees are the longest living organisms on the planet.
  • The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
  • A reasonable estimate of the lifetime of trees is 100-150 years

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


Listen, Relax And Breathe Deeply

Final Words

Let us all work toward a greener, healthier, more beautiful world by protecting our trees. Trees save an average of eight lives every year. Trees catch tiny particles and pollution from the air on their leaves and branches. Trees clean the air we breathe.

Teach your children to respect trees. Be a careful observer. A tree makes no distinction in the shade it gives, like this, the meditator should make no distinction between any beings

Thank you for being here. I welcome your comments and invite you back again.

Audrey Hunt

"I look for the beauty others cannot see."


© 2010 Audrey Hunt


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 09, 2014:


Thank you so much. I appreciate your comments.

Faith Reaper

What lovely comments written by a lovely person!

I have always held a special place in my heart for trees. I'm so blessed to live high in the mountains among mother natures finest.

And how wonderful that you live in an area claimed to be a national forest. We are both blessed. Thank you my friend and hugs and blessings to you.


always exploring

Oh, Ruby, I just love what you've said about trees being our life-blood and without them we would cease to exist. This is so true. I'm glad that Mar told you about this hub. It's always a special treat to have a visit from you my dear friend.

Hugs and blessings,



Thank you for being here and leaving such a nice comment.

Genna East

Thank you. This hub went a long time before seeing any action. I'm so happy you have taken time to read and comment. I appreciate your words and for the vote up, ratings and sharing.



Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on November 23, 2014:

We need to breath new life into this magnificent article! I am ashamed to say that I missed this, although it was written before I became a member of the HP community. Simply stunning! Voted up +++ and shared.

SAQIB from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN on November 23, 2014:

Beautiful Images. Horticulture is really the need of the day !!!!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on November 22, 2014:

I don't know how I missed this beautiful hub. I received an email from Mar and I'm so glad she notified me. Such amazing photography! Thees are our life-blood, without them we would cease to exist. Thank you. You are an accomplished writer and I'm happy to call you a dear friend...

Faith Reaper from southern USA on November 22, 2014:

Audrey, this is a masterpiece! Wow, I was not a member of HubPages four years ago, and so I missed this but I am blessed beyond measure that dear Maria shared this beautiful piece here.

You have provided great insight to the mighty tree. The state in which I live ... most of it is considered a National Forest, and I love that, and I love trees and what they stand for and provide us needed life and oxygen and habitats for many creatures, as well as all that you have written of here.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

God bless you.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on November 22, 2014:

Stunning work! Congratulations!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 22, 2014:

bravewarrior - Artists, in all their glory, cannot quite capture the spectacular paintings of mother nature.

Mother nature teaches valuable lessons to us all. She reconnects us with the spirit. She teaches us about harmony and balance.

I know that you and I are students of this great teacher. "I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree." Hugs, Audrey

tillsontitan - Your description of Mother Nature's pride and joy, the tree, is astonishing. Your depth of perception and wisdom shines through, bringing the reader into it's circle.

Thank you for your beneficial addition to my hub. Here's a hug from this old, withering tree living as though she has just sprouted. :) Audrey

Welcome again my dear friend, Mr. Bill Holland, Commander-in-Chief of Hub Page Writers. I feel my wings spreading a bit more as I read and apply your motivational, common sense hubs for the writer.

I have been on a journey which involves editing every hub I've written in the last 6 years, using the tips and marvelous help you've so generously shared.

Like a tree, I sprouted my little wings here on HP and with persistence and constant nudging from you, my friend, I slowly but surely 'branch out' in hopes of becoming a giant redwood.

Thank you Bill,



Dear Happyboomernurse - Gail,

So lovely that you have returned to take another walk amongst the trees and refresh your sweet spirit. I am overwhelmed at the response to this hub after 2 years of inactivity. I suspect that an angel or 2 has been tapping hubbers on the shoulder and I am deeply grateful.

I will go check my email right away. Thank you precious Gail for your love, hugs and blessings.

Right back to you. Audrey

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 22, 2014:

fpherj48 - Thank you Paula for being such a great support for me and for this hub. You are such a treasure. Have a fabulous day - ok?

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on November 22, 2014:

Dear Audrey,

I have returned to read this beautiful ode to magnificent trees and wander through the stunning collection of photos, and I'm so glad that on a cold blustery day here in Delaware, I had a soul rejuvenating "walk" through these glorious trees.

Please check your e-mail for a message from me.

Sending Love, Hugs & Blessings Your Way,


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 22, 2014:


Good morning from California. What better way to begin my day than to find your lovely comments. It is obvious that you share both the love of trees and the knowledge they gently impart to us. Thanks for the vote up and for finding it inspiring. Blessings to you on this wonderful day. Audrey

Oh, Vicki, your most beautiful comments are poetry with a message. Our dear Maria is so kind and generous to share my hub with you.

There was a time in my life when I moved into a lovely big home without even one tree available for me to gaze at. It was very hard. I ended up hanging art work of trees in my bedroom where I spent most of my time. Each day I would pray that one day I would live in an area where I would be surrounded by these magnificent children of mother nature. It took 20 years and the right set of circumstances for my prayers to be answered.

Now, here I am, living in the most peaceful, forest in Southern California. Todd, my son, was a huge lover of nature. When I take my daily walks, I feel close to him. I often reach my small arms around a huge tree trunk and pretend that I'm hugging Todd. He used to take me on beautiful walking trails in northern California, pointing out each and every magnificent fern, plant, tree and river.

Mother Nature holds a comforting-type of compassion. She listens without interrupting, she wraps us in peace, she smiles with us and she cries with us.

You, Vicki, are one of her golden children. You have inherited her values and qualities.

Thank you Vicki. My own branches reach out to you and send you a hug. ~ Audrey

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 22, 2014:

This is better the second time. Like a fine wine, it has grown in fragrance and taste, stood the test of time, and deserves to be read many times and savored. Bravo my dear friend.



Mary Craig from New York on November 22, 2014:

What better example in life than the mighty tree? No questions, no bugging, nothing from us but to admire all that they stand for!

A beautiful hub dear friend with many good reminders.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 22, 2014:

Audrey, this is an exquisite piece of writing. Your words remind us of the majestic beauty Mother Nature provides. We certainly can learn a lot from trees. I just did, thanks to this awesome hub. The photos are absolutely magnificent!

Suzie from Carson City on November 22, 2014:

Audrey.....Inspiring words .....I thank you. AMAZING.....simply breathtaking photos!! UP+++

Vickiw on November 22, 2014:

Dear Audrey,

Came here after Maria shared your link. It is a very beautiful Hub, and obviously it is also extremely "green" and timeless, especially when you have a friend such as Maria.

I'm passionate about trees too, and always grateful for them. I love their incredible resourcefulness as they live, adapting to circumstances in so many ways. I appreciate the complexity of their ability to use food and water.

I love the way their branches reach out like welcoming arms. They seem to invite a hug.

I love the way you've thought about and interpreted this very well known poem. It has often come into my mind during the years.

Beautiful Hub, and congratulations!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 21, 2014:


You have given this hub it's life again. It was on the verge of withering away after 2 long years of inactivity. But this is so like you. YOU resurrect the dying soul within us all. Even the lonely and forgotton hub, dismissed by so many readers, smiles once again because dearest Maria took an interest.

Your support, and your approval, is nothing less than exhilarating. In the movie "Terms of Endearment" starring Shirley Maclaine, Jack Nicholson and Debra Winger, Shirley asked Jack why he loved her. Jack's answer is one I will never forget. "You make me want to be a better man."

You, Maria, make me want to be a better woman and writer.

Thank you for being here. I give thanks for your vote and generous ratings along with sharing. Most of all I give thanks for you, my friend.

Love everlasting,


Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 21, 2014:

Trees are beautiful and they are truly great teachers of living life. Enjoyed reading your hub, truly inspiring and voted up.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on November 21, 2014:

Dear Audrey,

I am thrilled to have happened upon this lovely collection of poetic musings and exquisite are an accomplished and dedicated writer, my friend.

Voted UP and UABI and sharing. Love, Maria

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 13, 2012:

lrc7815 - How very nice to find a sister tree hugger. Thanks for being just the way you are. I appreciate your words and the votes. And here's a hug to you from me:)

Linda Crist from Central Virginia on November 26, 2012:

We are two tree hugging peas in a pod vocalcoach. I love your hub and the photos are beautiful accents to poetic thoughts. Thanks for bringing me here today. Voted up, awesome, beautiful.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 21, 2011:

Happyboomernurse - I am just delighted that you enjoyed this hub. And thank you for the great voting. You and I share the love of trees - all year long. I learn some of lifes greatest lessons from trees...I really do. And I learn so much from you, your comments and your fascinating hubs. Thank you dearly.


Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on October 19, 2011:

Wow, this was an awesome hub with so many wise teachings and the photos were stunning. I have always been in love with trees and appreciate their beauty in the different seasons. Even in winter they have intricate designs and as these pictures show, look incredible when the branches are covered with snow and/or ice.

Voted up across the board except for funny.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 28, 2011:

RealHousewife - Thank you my sweet friend. Doing better a little at a time. Now, what was that word I need to learn? Is it patience??? :)vocalcoach

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on April 04, 2011:

Ha! I just saw the comment above Vocalcoach:). Thank you so very much! I love that tree and it stands so proudly on my lawn:)

I hope you are feeling better! You are the VERY beautiful one! You are so inspiring!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 04, 2011:

toknowinfo - Trees are our teachers when we take time to look, listen and be open to the possibilites. Thank you my friend. :)vocalcoach

toknowinfo on March 28, 2011:

Excellent hub, well written, wise and spiritual. I loved the pictures too. Thanks for creating a great article. Rated up, beautiful and awesome.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 25, 2011:

Tamarajo - I am touched by your insight and ability to learn and grow. I pray that I will never cease to learn and expand. Trees speak to us with such a quiet strenght.

Blessings to you...

Tamarajo on March 25, 2011:

I really liked this. I love trees and you've so eloquently described why and offered lessons I had never considered.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on March 11, 2011:

RealHousewife - I am so envious - you have my favorite tree, a weeping willow! I have loved willows since just a young girl. They are so very beautiful. And so are you!

Have an awesome day and please hug your tree for me. :)

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 10, 2011:

You are a multi talented woman:-). That is why l love living here - lots of trees! I have a gorgeous weeping willow and several others in my yard. The birds are nesting there and I'm always trying to snap pictures of them - they just won't stay still for long:)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 25, 2011:

Dolores - Can't thank you enough for telling me about the Julia Butterfly Hill book. I will make sure to run to the library and read it this weekend. You are so kind to bring this book to my attention, knowing how much I will enjoy it. Thank you, my friend!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on February 25, 2011:

Hi, Vocal - this was such a beautiful ode to trees. I remember that in elementary school, we had to memorize a poem and the Joyce Kilmer one was mine. I loved it so.

Have you ever read the book by Julia Butterfly Hill? The daughter of a traveling preacher, Julia suffered a terrible car accident and long recovery. Once on her feet, she visited the Big Trees in California and found God. She eventually wound up as a tree sitter, the longest ever at that time. The book is the story of her life in a tree and is awesome.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on January 16, 2011:

burning bush - I appreciate and will remember your supportive comments. Thank you very much.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on January 16, 2011:

Micky - Then perhaps you must look within at your own heart. I have seen a small glimpse of the Micky heart from time to time. And what a heart it is! Thank you,my Micky for very lovely words.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on January 13, 2011:

Susan Miles = Thanks so much for your lovely comments. I look forward to reading your articles. Have a wonderful New Year!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 12, 2010:

Very nice of you to comment. I, too loved the pink tree photo. If I listen, as I am walking through my tree studded neighborhood, I do sense a message now and then. I also do affirmations during that time. Thanks for voting and rating my hub.

Support Med. from Michigan on December 12, 2010:

Well written and the pics are lovely! Love the pink! Seems we can learn a lot from trees. Voted/rated.

Susan Miles on December 05, 2010:

Beautiful hub. Uplifting info and photos.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 03, 2010:

tony - Hello dear man. I appreciate your comments and want to thank you for clicking on Ilan Shamir's link. His website is truly spectacular. I would love for you to write a hub on trees. I will be the first to read and rate it. :-) I have an aquaintance who builds tree houses and they are amazing. I would be in heaven to have my very own tree house. My very best to you tony.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 03, 2010:

Amber Allen - Yes, I feel that "life force" strongly and am thankful I live in an area filled with trees. While living in northern california, I often spent time among the redwoods which are my favorite trees. You and I share something special in our love for trees. Thank you.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 03, 2010:

prasetio30 - You are so right when you say we must keep our world clean, beautiful and green. I thank you my dear friend for reading my hub and leaving such fine remarks. You are kind to vote up. I accept both your love and peace for the more I am given, the more I can give. You are a treasure, prasetio.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 01, 2010:

Beautiful, my friend. I can see how nature give us advice. Nature never wrong, better listen for a while and apply this to make the world, clean, beautiful and always green. My friend, you made this so special and I hope many people will read this information. Good job and I give my Vote for you.

Love and peace!

Amber Allen on December 01, 2010:

Hi Audrey

Like you I'm drawn to trees, they have a life force which you can sense. You've chosen some beautiful poetry, words and pictures to illustrate their special qualities.


Tony McGregor from South Africa on December 01, 2010:

This is simply stunning, Audrey. Thanks so much for sharing iot. I have also followed the link provided by Ilan Shamir in the comments above, and his site is wonderful. Thanks for making this possible.

I have always loved trees. I grew up surrounded by them and my family was passionate about planting more. We need to plant more trees, especially trees that are indigenous to the area where they are being planted. That is so important.

Thanks again. Maybe I'll write another Hub on trees sometime?

Love and peace


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 14, 2010:

thoughtforce - you are my kind of people. Your understanding of trees, plus your beautiful connection to these magnificent miracles is something I treasure. Yes, you are a treasure. May more of, be more like you.

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on November 14, 2010:

Lovely hub, I especially loved the way you wrote about life lessons from a tree! Trees are beautiful and very important, everywhere, city parks, streets and in the forest and in our gardens. Serenity of forests are unbeateble, walking close to the trees provides total peace if we let the trees "talk" to us! The first thing one should add to a garden are trees, they are necessary for a balanced outcome! Thanks for your beautiful thoughts!

burning bush on November 10, 2010:

Great hub. You have a way with words... and trees.

Micky Dee on November 04, 2010:

Incredible!You are so amazing! I think that I shall never see, a heart as beautiful as thee!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 01, 2010:

Dim - It just makes me smile so big hearing that you appreciated and loved my selection of tree photographs.

Thank you.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 01, 2010:

acaetnna - It makes my heart dance to know that you loved my hub and the photos of the trees. You are a sweetie! Thank you and have an awesome day.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 01, 2010:

Dear Judi - What a beautiful lesson to be learned from your comments. I love the way you reference trees as "her" - like offspring of mother nature. I might have know, you are a tree lover. That says so much about you and your beautiful, loving soul. Thank you sweet Judi. I love you too!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 31, 2010:

hello, hello - Thank you my friend for enjoying my hub and the poem. Isn't great that we can all enjoy one anothers articles? I learn from each one I read and do look forward to that. Good nite dear hello.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 31, 2010:

Melinda, dear heart - I loved reading your comments as your writing complimented my hub. John Muir is one of my heroes and I did not know about La Jolla and MuirLands. I have spent Time in Northern California at Muir Woods - breathtaking place. You really are a tree person. I love that you call your trees "Lion Guards". Wonderful!

Thank you, my friend.

Judicastro from birmingham, Alabama on October 31, 2010:

What an awesome hub dear friend. The pictures!!! AWWW so beautiful. When you were talking about trees let go with grace that which they need no longer (sorry I'm not quoting it exactly) reminded me of a few trees that I have seen that held onto their dead leaves for whatever reason and it would take a good windstorm to releave her of them. There's a lesson in that for us too isn't there. That if we keep hanging onto what we have needed to let go that eventually the storms in our lives will bring us to that place of release.

I came across a sweet struggling dogwood today. It had one little arm stretching up through a small opening. She is surrounded by maple trees who have flourished and formed a huge canopy to the point of almost stiffling her growth. She is endeavoring to prevail though and in seeing her struggle I thought of those of us that our circumstances are trying to stifle our growth, but we have that little arm out there raised up to our Father saying no matter what I will not give up for you are my light and my source of strength. Love you sweet sister.

acaetnna from Guildford on October 31, 2010:

I just adore trees, always have. I just love your words and adore the pictures. Great hub, thank you for sharing.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 31, 2010:

drbj - I think of you as a person having all the qualities of a magnificent tree - strenghth, protector, beauty of character, always reaching and touching others with your wisdom with a touch of purity and stong value.

Thank you my friend.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 31, 2010:

kephrira - The top picture is my favorite too. Every tree, regardless of its shape size or type has a message for us all. Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on October 31, 2010:

Yes, it's true, only God can create a tree,

With its timeless beauty and serenity.

Thank you for reminding us with this beautiful hub and sublime photos.

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on October 31, 2010:

l can hardly believe those pictures. They took my breath away. Thanks for a beautiful hub

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 31, 2010:

Breakfastpop - So nice to read your encouraging comments.

Thank you so much!

Shilo Eagle - I am always filled with joy when you visit one of my hubs. You are filled with a beautiful spirit and appreciation for positive energy. Thank you for being my friend and blessings to you.

kephrira from Birmingham on October 31, 2010:

I love the pictures, especially the top one. And the words are nice too of course.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 31, 2010:

Vladimar - So nice that you dropped by and I hope to see you again, real soon.

Kaie - Thank you for visiting my hub and sharing your comments. I look forward to reading your hubs and will be stopping by very soon now. Blessings to you, Kaie.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on October 31, 2010:

That poem was absolutely gorgeous. Your picturewere amazing and I enjoyed them very much. Great hub.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 31, 2010:

Dear Carrie - You are the first to comment on my hub and it means so much to me. Thank you my friend. Have a lovely day today and always.

CWarden - Writing this hub, gave me great joy. Now that joy is multiplied because you also appreciated it. Thank you.

Kaie Arwen on October 31, 2010:

Beautiful Hub............ fantastic photos! Kaie

Vladimir Uhri from HubPages, FB on October 31, 2010:

Thanks for this hub.

Shilo Eagle from United States on October 31, 2010:

Audrey: What a beautiful perspective. Your words are lovely and thought provoking. These photos are breath taking and you have certainly channeled my energy in a positive way this morning. Peace to you my lovely friend!!

breakfastpop on October 31, 2010:

Beautiful hub and lovely pictures. Well done!

msorensson on October 31, 2010:

I read this last night vocalcoach. The pictures are awesome and thank you for reminding me of that poem.

I think my mother must have had me memorize it when I was...ohhh.. I cannot remember anymore..less than ten yeas old, I assume.

I love trees. Where I grew up I was surrounded with all kinds. We had an orchard in the backyard.

I remember looking at homes and I always framed them by the trees that surround them. Also, I like evergreens and oaks and maple.

I still talk to the two right in front of my home...they are old, big, strong and of course, beautiful. I call them my lion guards.

John Muir...there is a certain section in La Jolla called Muirlands...beautiful part of La Jolla closer to the hills and a mile away from La Jolla shores. And yes it has more trees than the rest of the city. I remember thinking, wow, one mile away from the shore, nestled on the hills with lots of trees...heaven on earth. I still think that.

Thank you, vocalcoach

cwarden from USA on October 31, 2010:

This is a beautiful hub, and WOW - what gorgeous photos. Thanks for the inspiration today!

carrie450 from Winnipeg, Canada on October 31, 2010:

This is one of my favorite poems by Joyce Kilmar. I love the photos you have posted vocalcoach. Great hub!

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