by bruce / Wednesday, 21 November 2012 / Published in Nature
Trees are a dominant part of life in the coastal mountains of central California, where I’ve lived since 1978. Redwoods, the world’s tallest trees, get all the notoriety, and rightly so. Their majestic stature, their resilience in the face of drought, fire and disease, and their sheer beauty make a visit to a redwood forest an awe-inspiring experience. But there are other less notable trees that also inspire. And as I’ve traveled around the world, I look for unique colors and textures to share. This is the view from my terrace … yes I’m very lucky.
late autumn colors near my home
palm trees in the old city in Tunis, Tunisia
Let’s go inside …..
“you’re not from around here” …. some of the beautiful deciduous non-native trees that give California a semblance of “fall colors”
Monterey Cypress near the beach in Santa Cruz, CA
Fall colours in Hertford, England near Hertford Castle
cloud painting behind the coastal cypress
sunset at Seascape beach, Aptos, CA
Fall blanket beneath our feet, Hertford, England
golden mountain majesty, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Delicate Spring textures
sun splashed day at home
Young redwoods growing tall and strong
morning fog hugs a German countryside
Eucalyptus forest in Tokai Preserve, Cape Town, South Africa
Trees frame a fertile valley near Kommetjie, South Africa
We live, we die, and like the grass and trees, renew ourselves from the soft earth of the grave. Stones crumble and decay, faiths grow old and they are forgotten, but new beliefs are born. The faith of the villages is dust now… but it will grow again… like the trees.