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Goguac Lake

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I was lucky enough to grow up on a big lake outside Battle Creek Michigan. Our house faced sunset and my dad and I enjoyed watching sunsets and changes in weather together.

One of the most beautiful things about living on Goguac Lake (an old Indian name), was the amazing tree cover. The whole area had beautiful tall, mature trees that had been there for a long, long, time. In the summer there when it was hot and steamy, as we drove up to the house the air temperature was at least ten degrees cooler up by the house, thanks to the trees. We were very aware of what a gift it was to live where we did under those big, beautiful trees.

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Text and art by Kathy McCreedy, Michigan

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Ticia Verveer (@ticiaverveer)
The at least 2,000-year-old olive tree of Vouves, on the island of Crete, still bears olives. The tree stood here when Rome burned in AD64, and Pompeii was buried under a thick carpet of volcanic ash in AD79. Cemeteries from the Geometric Period (900-700 BC) were discovered nearby. pic.twitter.com/yVsLqfKPwe

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Photo by Nita Padamsee

Banyan tree

This banyan tree is on the Jai Hind college grounds, off Marine Drive in Mumbai, India. The base in the first image is rendered in the Warli painting style of tribal art mostly created by the tribal people from the North Sahyadri Mountain Range in India. This tribal art was originated in Maharashtra, where it is still practiced today.
The following is a little info on the banyan tree from Wikipedia:
banyan, also spelled “banian“,[1] is a fig that begins its life as an epiphyte,[2] i. e. a plant that grows on another plant, when its seed germinates in a crack or crevice of a host tree or edifice. “Banyan” often specifically denominates Ficus benghalensis (the “Indian banyan”), which is the national tree of the Republic of India,[3]though the name has also been generalized to denominate all figs that share a common life cycle and used systematically in taxonomy to denominate the subgenus Urostigma.[4]
Post and photos by Nita Padamsee

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Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

Points of view

Photos by Pamela Paulsrud

Artist, papermaker and educator Fritz Huber in Wilmington, NC shared Treewhispers with students at Dreams of Wilmington. Here’s her report and some wonderful additions to the ever-growing forest:
I made it a semester-long focus on trees at Dreams Center for Arts Education. We are an after school, and homeschool program dedicated to underserved youth. Everyone had a tree story, although some were shy getting that story out. We live along the Cape Fear, and brackish water alters our landscape, our trees, regularly. What felt best about following the path of tree observation was that the kids became more aware of trees in their personal environment on a daily basis.

 

 

 

 

Thank you for this opportunity! Sorry there weren’t more of these but the kids like them so much, that they insisted on keeping a lot of them. The one with the little tent is mine as an example of what could be done. Fritzi Huber