‘Save a tree. Eat a beaver.’

 You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet. ~Hal Borland, Sundial of the Seasons, 1964

(Therefore this time let my tree-photos ( vacation ’11), supported by the words of great people, speak to you.)

To heal mine aching moods,
Give me God’s virgin woods.
~Clinton Scollard

Alone with myself
The trees bend to caress me
The shade hugs my heart.
~Candy Polgar

The trees are God’s great alphabet:
With them He writes in shining green
Across the world His thoughts serene.
~Leonora Speyer

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. ~Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies, 1928

Climb a tree – it gets you closer to heaven. ~Author Unknown

Trees are much like human beings and enjoy each other’s company. Only a few love to be alone. ~Jens Jensen, Siftings, 1939

You can live for years next door to a big pine tree, honored to have so venerable a neighbor, even when it sheds needles all over your flowers or wakes you, dropping big cones onto your deck at still of night. ~Denise Levertov

Oaks are the true conservatives;
They hold old leaves till summer gives
A green exchange.
~Roy Helton, Come Back to Earth

Trees are your best antiques. ~Alexander Smith

We say we love flowers, yet we pluck them. We say we love trees, yet we cut them down. And people still wonder why some are afraid when told they are loved. ~Author Unknown

(Can you spot a 'young' fool in the picture?)

God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools. ~John Muir

(Not just one fool, but two!)

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.
~Kahlil Gibran

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in their way. ~William Blake

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it. ~Henry David Thoreau, “Chesuncook,” The Maine Woods, 1848

A tree which has lost its head will never recover it again, and will survive only as a monument of the ignorance and folly of its Tormentor. ~George William Curtis

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money. ~Cree Indian Proverb

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~Nelson Henderson

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. ~Chinese Proverb

If I knew I should die tomorrow, I would plant a tree today. ~Stephen Girard

Save a tree. Eat a beaver~Author unknown

15 responses to “‘Save a tree. Eat a beaver.’

  1. Beauteous pictures..especially the first, third and the fifth one…The captions that you gave to the ninth and tenth pictures are stunning…And in the ninth picture, I could spot a young fool..:))…Ma’am, when I read the above quotations, I felt that trees have some similarities with human beings and they are very important part of our life…But we are deliberately forgetting about that fact and destroying all forest areas to satisfy our greedy needs….Anyway thank you so much ma’am for reminding me about ” the importance of trees ” in our life once again..Hope you are fine and hoping that you prayers are always with us….:)

    • Thank you, Ishanath for your sweet words. Trees are not like human beings, I should say they are far better in many ways.
      And prayers are always with you, dear…

  2. Wow!!
    Not only are there some excellent shots, the quote you chose are also AWESOME!! Absolutely loved them!!
    “Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money. ~Cree Indian Proverb” So apt!
    And I have chosen my pick – the second last pic is my favourite.

  3. Bindu – beautiful pictures of trees! Thanks so much for posting these. I love being out in nature, especially in the forest. There’s just something so soothing and magical about trees.

    Now that it’s fall here in New England, we have some beautiful color. The maple tree leaves are bright red, yellow and orange. This is my favorite time of year.


    • Thank you, Nancy. I have seen the autumn shades only in pictures and through poems. Hope some day I could actually be among those wonderful paintings of Nature….

  4. OMG.. those pictures.. Simply Exotic! And the verses/quotes you chose to adorn them further speak of your great taste in poesy. Lovely! It must have been hard to come back. 🙂

  5. Sometimes we realize that words cannot express our feelings. I realized this while going through these pictures and the quotes. i was caught up, by the first picture… lost myself in the woods… for long. “whose woods these are.. I think i know.” i know those fog. i know those mountains. I know that cool breeze. perhaps, I know them more than anybody… that’s my birth place! Born and brought up in the hill side of Idukki district, in kerala, God’s own land.. spending the loneliness of my childhood with the trees, speaking to them, sleeping under them, in the lap of the nature…I lived all my childhood , Now they are all a part of my memory. Leaving my land in search of the unknown, now i am far away.., dreaming to come back i know not – when.
    “Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize …. We realize what we have lost.”
    I do…
    Its very nice of you.. spending time… collecting these wonderful pictures!
    Congrats and thanks too.

    • Thanks a lot sonypadickal. Glad to know you could relate to the pictures. Even when we all believe and claim that we adore nature, we are helpless – we could only stand and watch these beauties perishing! How sad..

  6. This post is awesome… And the pictures with captions for each is really captivating 🙂
    We do care of taking lots of pictures round and round the nature but least cared of maintaining it… Guess i would start maintaining nature around me for helping our Mother Earth as well a beauty to cherish always!!! 🙂

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