time for a tree

(images above: vancouverhistory.ca)

"restored" after being pulled down after the 2006 storm. Images above c/o http://pedaltalk.blogspot.com

I like trees. I always have time for them: at lunch or other breaks in work (the nature of my work means that I don’t necessarily have a lunch-break), I am lucky enough to be able to walk out and be hugging lovely lovely trees in under 10 minutes, a short walk away. But how does it work the other way–how does time go for trees? I do wonder. The mind meandering as the feet meander. How does The Hollow Tree above feel about its visitors over the years?

Such musings exacerbated by recent reading: Ecotopia, by Ernest Callenbach (1975).

Here’s another fascinating piece of tree/human interaction and conversation. Same park, different tree (the Great Cedar Tree). In the Flickr original (well, the original is elsewhere–see end of this post for reference), there’s also some neat hotspotting-taggery, though none of it awfully reflective. What’s in that back left-hand corner, where she’s looking but we can’t see? What’s the horse thinking? (I imagine they’re kind of cynical Eeyore-ish thoughts, especially as, this being Vancouver, it’s probably raining…or has just rained… or is just about to.)

Great cedar tree, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC. 1897

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Image above: Great cedar tree, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC. 1897. William McFarlane Notman. Notman Photographic Archives – McCord Museum.


  1. Bindu

    That was really interesting. Great pics. I recently captured the shots of a similar tree (not that huge) with my daughter ‘inside’ it.

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