If trees could talk

I live in a land of timber. How could a simple tree impress a Canadian? But many times on our recent trip to England we stopped to marvel at the wonder of a tree.

Like this giant one at Winston Churchill’s Chartwell estate.

Giant Japanese cedar at Chartwell

We asked the gardener to repeat the name of this tree several times. She stuck with the Latin, which we think was Cryptomeria japonica. (Would it have been too much to ask for her to say simply Japanese cedar?)

And this scenic one at Hampstead Heath.


But my favourite was this one. This tree could begin talking to me at any second and impart to me grand wisdom about life. I think this tree is telling me to stay rooted in what’s important because I already have everything I need, and to breathe.

What do you think?


11 thoughts on “If trees could talk

    1. Arlene Somerton Smith Post author

      I agree. The incredible trees out west are jaw-dropping in their magnificence. I am grateful to have been in their presence on visits. Even the oldest and biggest of the trees in Ottawa where I live are much smaller. Sometimes setting and character are important too. The right tree with the right quirky bend against the right backdrop can be quite compelling.

  1. Anne

    Beautiful tree photos Arlene. They are magnificent! I often take. Photo from the ground up into the canopy of special ones when I travel. And if they could talk with all the decades of history!

  2. Phyllis Bohonis

    I look at the twisted limbs, wrinkles and scars in these old behemoths and see character, strength and survival – just as is carved in many human beings we encounter.


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