by Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)
I THINK that I shall never see
A poem as lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
I don't consider myself a tree hugger, not in the sense that is typically associated with the term anyway. However, I have been known to put my arms around and delight in a few trees on Otter Hill. My favorite of all is the Madrona tree that sits in the very center of the property like a regal queen amongst her subjects. She wasn't always so beautiful though. When we acquired Otter Hill, Miss Madrona was very sad and neglected. Previous tenants had built a bonfire at her base and she is badly scarred. The wild blackberry bushes were encrouching and strangling the life out of her. With tender care and gentle hands, my husband and my mother nurtured her back to life. Now, Miss Madrona sparkles and sings her praises to heaven with her outstretched arms. The animals take delight in her. Our guests take delight in her. Every day I sit and enjoy her beauty, and occassionally I give her a big hug.
|Madrona twins (left)|
A Hawthorne tree, right outside of my studio, is believed to provide a portal for fairies.
Pine twins (right)
|Vintage fruit trees that bear delicious apples and pears.|
They are favored by the coyotes and deer.
|A grove of pines and cedars that provide a canopy over our fire pit.|
Jacob's tree (below)
|Tall, old-growth majestics frame the snow-capped Olympic Mountains in the distance.|
An eagle sits high above overlooking the bay.
Rejoice in God's creations - Hug a tree today!
But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In His Hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. - Job 12:7-10 NIV