The Journal

Trees of My Life

Yesterday, I was wondering what the heck I would write about today. I started pleading with Reid to give me ideas. He threw out a couple of ideas and then suggested I write writing about springtime. Immediately after he suggested that he said, “No, you’ve written too much about weather lately.” Humph. I don’t think I’ve done that, do you? But I decided maybe a springtime post would have to wait…kind of like springtime itself in Montana. Then he suggested I write about trees. I immediately tossed this idea aside, thinking, nobody wants to read about my love of trees.

But then this morning I was watching a TV special in which Nate Berkus was interviewing Oprah at her Montecito, California home. She was talking about her love of trees. So after being inspired by Oprah, I’ve decided to write about trees after all.

I don’t normally watch the Nate Berkus Show or Oprah, as I don’t even have a TV, but I was someplace it was playing so I got sucked in. Oprah was showing him all around the beautiful gardens and grounds of her gorgeous home. She has a tea house. How lovely is that? Someday, I’m going to have a tea house. She showed him the rose garden, where she had roses called ‘Bewitched’ and ‘Fragrant Cloud’ (again, I’m going to have those, too). She took him to her favorite tree she calls her “Promise Tree” and told him about how, when she was little, it was her dream to have a house and six trees. Now she’s Oprah and has a mansion and thousands of trees. I’ve decided that’s one aspect of Oprah’s life I want. No, I don’t need a mansion, but I do want a home with lots of trees around it. Oprah said she restores herself by “coming back to the land.” She told Nate, “I feel about the land the way a lot of people feel about shoes.”

I couldn’t agree more with her. Although if you decide you’d like to gift me with a pair of Christian Louboutins, I wouldn’t refuse them. I’m a size 11.

A friend who is dear to my heart once said that I made him realize how important trees are. He wrote to me recently, “This is your influence on me…more appreciation for trees and leaves and things that are full of life.”

I am honored to hear that I have had that kind of influence. I get around trees and all the sudden I feel like I can breathe. I feel like my spirit relaxes. When I travel, sometimes I’m more enthralled by the trees than I am by historic landmarks or popular tourist spots. The photos below were taken in England and Ireland, two spots with some of the most beautiful trees ever.


“There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.”  ~Minnie Aumonier


  1. Charity says:

    Mircea Eliade writes about trees as an axis mundi (world axis). They serve as an access point for the Divine to reach into the Mundane. I like that thought… and I like trees… and I like you =)

  2. Deb says:

    I feel the same way about trees. I love that you write about things I also love.

  3. OrangePhotographie says:

    Charity, that’s beautiful. Thank you for sharing! And Deb, I’m so glad we’re on the same page 🙂

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