Monday, June 28, 2010

In Memory of Trees

Yvonne Osborne is hosting The Festival of Trees and I signed up to be a part of it. It is a fitting event for me, since right now a human-caused fire has taken 16,000 acres of our old growth Ponderosa forest. We always knew this day would come, since the forest has been fire suppressed for so long, I’m just sad to see it come in my lifetime. Because it will not heal in my lifetime.

There is no place where I feel as alive as I do beneath a tree. Trees bring out a vitality in me I can only name as something holy. Even when I was a backcountry ranger, as beautiful as the high country above treeline is, I could not wait to get under the embrace of the forests below.

So, here is my humble tribute to the woods around my house and what they mean to me and my family. (Pictures courtesy of my good friend and photographer, Becky Cain, my husband, and some of my own.)




(I’ll not be posting until after the US Independence Day weekend, so if you get lonely for me, please read yesterday’s post—it’s embarrassingly jam-packed with me, me, me. *grin*)

23 comments:

  1. Beautiful Jackee - certainly made me cry! My heart is broken! We are planting a few Ponderosa's and Aspens in our yard as a memorial... that way they can grow along with the mountain.
    And, those kids are all so cute! My kids are thrilled they are famous now too;)

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  2. Beautiful music and pictures. A great tribute!

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  3. So, so sad about the destruction of your mountain. I know how devastated I would be! Lovely video.

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  4. I love trees too - there is something so comforting about them. I'm sorry about the destruction of your mountain.

    I hope you have a great 4th of July!

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  5. Wow Jackee- oh my dear word, I was almost crying! All teary and choked up! some beautiful pictures there, thank-you for sharing. Bushfires ravage us here is Australia too so we are all feeling for you. xx

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  6. Oh what a haunting song!! It is very very sad about the forest fires. Thank you for sharing these gorgeous pics of your babies. I hope they see the trees back! I hope so.

    take care and have a good break from blogland!

    x

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  7. The Festival of Trees is a wonderful thing, and for a great cause. There is such a healing effect associated with trees.

    And that's such a lovely and haunting video. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. I have such fond memories of Flagstaff! Hard to believe so much forest is gone. We will be facing an epic inevitable forest fire here too -- the pine beetle has decimated the trees all over southern Wyoming and large portions of Colorado. I shudder to think of the forest fires that lay ahead of us.

    I know what you mean about the magic of being under the trees. Each forest has its own personality.

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  9. What a moving tribute. Anytime I see a new area being developed for houses, and they just clear it all, it saddens me. Would it really be that hard to move around some of them? I would have a difficult time living in a place without a lot of trees.

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  10. What a great tribute Jackee! So beautiful. I hope you have a good break and all goes well. =)

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  11. Your children are beautiful, and so were your woods. I'm so sorry. Thanks for sharing your video with us.

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  12. Truly lovely! I enjoyed every moment. Your children are gorgeous! :)

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  13. You brought me close to tears. So beautiful the forest and your love of it. So heartbreaking to know the fire took so much. Thanks so much for this tribute.

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  14. I love trees too. They're so beautiful and peaceful. There's nothing like being cradled in the top branches and swaying in the breeze. :)

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  15. Hi jackee- I know i've already commented, but just wanted to let you know there is an award at my blog for you! :)

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  16. I believe that trees are holy. Just the other day my mother hugged one while other people looked on and thought we were weird. It made me smile but also sad that they didn't feel as we were feeling.

    Jai

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  17. Also, I'm so sorry to hear about the destruction of the fire. I'm just glad and you and your family are ok.

    Jai

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  18. There is something truly majestic and magical about a forest. Beautiful music choice.

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  19. It’s so difficult to see burned out forests with the charred remains of plants and blackened ground. I’ve seen it often. As difficult as it is it is an amazing site to see new life emerging the following year.

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  20. What a lovely post! This gave me goosebumps. We live in the woods and I feel soooo lucky. Just love the sound of wind in the pines. However, there has been a lot of clear cutting around here (in the name of fire prevention) and it makes me pretty sad.

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  21. That sounds like fun!!

    I see you'll be back soon! Yay!

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  23. that was both lovely & haunting... wonderful song.. a fitting tribute I think.

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