“He that plants trees loves others beside himself.” From Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs (1732)
I took this photo in Scotland when I was there in 2008. I’ve always dreamed of living somewhere with my own tree-lined road just like this. Thanks to the person (long ago) who planted these beautiful trees.
Today is National Tree Day so I thought I’d share some good news I just received this morning from LEAF an amazing not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the urban forest
LEAF will be celebrating National Tree Day by removing paving stones that are currently causing damage at the base of four large honey locust trees and replacing them with soil and native plants.
This project is happening right in my own neighbourhood at the Southwest corner of Pacific Avenue and Dundas Avenue West in the Junction, Toronto.
Local landscaping company Green Gardeners will be salvaging and reusing the bricks and gravel that are removed and the Junction BIA will be watering and maintaining the site.
For more information, check out the province-wide Depave Paradise initiative led by Green Communities Canada or you can listen to Jessica Piskorowski. one of the coordinators of “De-pave Junction” on CBC Metro Morning.
“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”
From a letter written by William Blake (1757 – 1827) English poet, artist
A tree is one of the most beautiful things in the world. If you’re like me and love trees please follow my ‘I ♥ trees’ pinboard on Pinterest – a virtual pinboard that allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. Lately I’ve become a bit of a Pinterest addict; it helps me find beautiful images and get inspiration from like-minded people who share my interests. Click here to check it out.
Butterflies in High Park, Toronto. Photo by Lila Cheekytree.
On Sunday morning I went for a walk in High Park.
Along a winding dirt path, I stopped to photograph a simple yellow flower when a butterfly flew into frame. It was only then that I looked up, way up, and noticed dozens of orange and black butterflies fluttering high above me. They were beautiful.
For me, the image I captured on that sunny morning evokes feelings of lightness and joy; just two of the many uplifting things the butterfly symbolizes in cultures around the world.
I hope this week you’ll go outside and see for yourself all the beauty in Nature that surrounds us. Soon! Before the weather gets cold.