We’ve been seeing this tree on our walks, waiting for the colors to catch up to each other. Didn’t happen. Finally, it dawned on us that maybe this is the way it should be, top different than the rest.

In some very brief “internet searching”, it seems it has something to do with the tree’s roots. . . 

Phawnda Moor,Rocklin, CA


Moonlight shines in through the silent night.

Light a beeswax candle.

Text and Artwork by Yuko Wada

Samhain Nature Walk

Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

October leaves

Handmade paper and artwork by Kaligrafos Calligraphy Guild Member,
Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex

Forest of Honey

This tree is done in the Madhubani style of Indian art, practiced in the Mithila region of the Indian subcontinent, which includes the states of Bihar and Jharkhand, extending into Nepal. Madhubani art was largely practiced by women artists, characterized by geometric patterns and religious motifs, and is soaked in mythology and antiquity. Trees and nature are a part of most art from Madhubani, which celebrates nature. It’s very name means ‘forest of honey’.

In Madhubani art, the figures are two-dimensional in nature. The features usually include sharp noses with bulging eyes. Double lines are used to draw figures, flora and fauna. Also, the designs are filled with intricate lines and no shading is required. Typically, no empty spaces are left in this style and are usually filled with leaves and flowers. Where there are fine lines used for shading, it’s called Kachni, meaning ‘to cut’. Here color is not applied. Where there are open forms, and color is applied is called Bharni meaning ‘to fill’. 

Madhubani is still practiced and kept alive in institutions spread across the Mithila region and beyond.

For my interpretation of the tree, I used fineline markers for the black outlines and colored brush pens for the colors. I kept to the rule of Kachni and Bharni, to stay true to the Madhubani style of art.

Nita Padamsee, Massachusetts

Casuarina tree

Story and art by Elizabeth McKee

My bottle tree

Story and art by Beverly Wilson

Hangin’ out

Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

Have a seat!

Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

Incomparable joy

Artwork by Elizabeth McKee, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Plant trees. Plant hope. 1500 Trees, has scheduled its second annual Fall Planting on November 14 at six different sites in Licking County, Ohio USA. Everyone is invited to support the project by contributing any amount for trees and/or participating in the outdoor or virtual dedication ceremony.
You can donate a tree in honor of a special occasion or in memory of a loved one, family, or friend. Orders received prior to November 2 will be included in the Saturday, November 14 planting session. Various levels of giving are detailed on the website.
Fall planting locations include: Land Lab, Granville Schools Licking Park District, Infirmary Mound Park, Maple Grove Cemetery, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Evans Bike Path along Route 16 in Newark Kendal Arboretum.
Trees provide numerous benefits beyond aesthetics: trees stabilize the soil, improve water quality, and take carbon dioxide out of the air to help reverse climate change. The 1500 Trees for Life public service project kicked off last fall at First Presbyterian Church, with a goal to plant 1,500 healthy native trees in public spaces in Licking County over the next five years. They plant donated trees twice a year, in the spring and fall. Hardy native trees ranging from 6’ to 15’ are procured at a discounted cost by horticulturalist Mike Flood, who is supervising the plantings. 

Tree Walks 
sponsored by 1500 Trees committee  10 am on Saturdays October 17, 24, and 31. Walks will be limited to 10-12 individuals. Registration is recommended by emailing 1500trees@gmail.com


  • On October 17 and 31, Jeff Gill will be leading participants on an easy stroll around Raccoon Valley Park to discuss the softwoods found along the Licking River. Plan to park in the furthest parking lot of Raccoon Valley Park near the end of the Rotary Bridge and wear comfortable shoes that might get a little muddy. 
  • On October 24th, Jurgen Pape will be leading a Tree Walk focusing on the hardwoods found around the Village from the lower campus of Denison to the Granville and Buxton Inns. Participants will meet in the Opera House Park in the southeast corner of Broadway and Main Street. 

Photo by Lindsey Pennecke

Artwork by Angela Michielutti

Poetry by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Warm palette

Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

Photo by Pamela Paulsrud


Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

That way

Photo by Pamela Paulsrud


Photo by Pamela Paulsrud


Photo by Pamela Paulsrud


Photo by Pamela Paulsrud