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Paradise

 

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They took all the trees

And put them in a tree museum

And they charged all the people

A dollar and a half just to see’em.

Don’t it always seem to go

That you don’t know what you’ve got

Till it’s gone.

They paved paradise

And put up a parking lot.

 

~Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi~

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8 responses

  1. Cindy

    I LOVE these old trees that are scattered around the forrest. You wonder what they have seen over the years and why they were spared in the first place. No matter, I’m glad some are still around even though they are often in poor health.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:56 AM

    • For twenty years I have hiked and ridden a trail that affords a distant view of this tree, yet never once have I actually ventured off the beaten path to have a closer look. I’ve always WANTED to, but the trail beckoned and so I didn’t. Until yesterday. Something made me think I had to preserve this tree, if by no other means than a photo. Glad I could share this with you!

      October 7, 2010 at 7:32 AM

  2. h

    I always think of those lyrics when I am around magnificent trees like this one! Hazer is dwarfed by this behemouth!!! I love how the area around the trees is still so green, but the leaf litter on the ground is full of colors! Neat pics!

    October 7, 2010 at 6:59 AM

    • This tree has provided me with such a range of emotions over the years. Of course, the woods often remind me of our childhood excursions to various forest settings. Sometimes the landscape reminds me of the Adirondacks, but other times I think it looks more like Rock City and Ellicotteville. I can’t picture this specific area of the forest without this tree, and I can only hope and pray Joni’s words never ever come true for this little patch of paradise.

      Thanks for dropping by!

      October 7, 2010 at 7:37 AM

  3. becca

    These pics remind me of the amazing trees in the UK — they’re probably what I miss most. Thanks for posting your incredible photos.

    October 7, 2010 at 7:51 AM

    • I’m glad these sparked some fond memories for you! I’ve grown very attached to “my” woods! Thanks for the kind words and for dropping by for a visit!

      October 7, 2010 at 7:32 PM

  4. ROGER JOHNSON

    how true that is .. and you dont really appreciate it all until you get older .. how sad is that have a great day R

    October 7, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    • We were taught to appreciate nature from a very young age. Both our parents were great outdoor enthusiasts and some of my earliest fond memories are of taking family walks in a small undeveloped preserve of suburbia. My father was a hunter and a fisherman who loved the great outdoors and both parents were avid gardeners. I think a love of nature came pretty naturally for all four kids.

      Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog!

      October 7, 2010 at 7:37 PM

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