Saturday, April 27, 2002

“We have nothing to fear and a great deal to learn from trees, that vigorous and pacific tribe which without stint produces strengthening essences for us, soothing balms, and in whose gracious company we spend so many cool, silent and intimate hours.”

— Marcel Prous, Pleasures and Regrets, 1896

Okay, I am going to stay on this tree kick for one last day.

Yesterday while on assignment covering Farmhouse fraternity members helping landscape an elementary school, I decided to climb a tree to get a different angle.

It’s important for photojournalists to try to look at the world from different angles and SEE it through their own unique eyes.

I wish I could say that yesterday I was hard at work and trying to think out-of-the-box. It really wasn’t so lofty of an endeavor.

Nope, I just needed to climb a tree. This seemed like as good of an excuse as any.

Little did I know at the time that it was Arbor Day.

In this journal, I would like to occasionally send a “shot out” to deserving people. Today, I give a shot out to J. Sterling Morton, the creator of Arbor Day. On this day, 100 years ago, the Nebraskan journalist and politician died.


Maybe I’m part hippy, or maybe I’m part monkey; but there is something just so very nice about climbing up into a tree. It’s such a beautiful thing, a living organism that has the life span of hundreds of years that gives home to millions of other living organisms throughout that time. It gives us oxygen. Trees just radiate life. Being snuggled up in the high branches of a tree, looking down on the world, is simply one of the best ways to enjoy them.

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