Whenever I think about my favorite hiking spots, not only do I remember my favorite trails, but I also remember my favorite trees. How is it, or perhaps more poignantly, why is it that my mind has this need to identify a specific tree in each location? Or, what is it about a given tree that even puts it on my radar? Here are some of my favorite trees from different trails in the Raleigh, NC area:
I’m undecided if it’s uniqueness or a sense-of-art that brackets my tree choices. But, what I do know is that while I’m ‘connected’ with my trees I feel a sense of wonder and joy and freedom. And, I couldn’t tell you a thing about what type of tree any of these are, because in the moment of connecting it’s all about a hearty ooh-ahh feeling rather than a heady bing.com description!