Thursday, March 18, 2010

Of Trees

We love trees. Especially my husband, who used to have a small nursery on his parent's farm, and continues to grow trees in the wooded acreage that his family owns and manages. The Mister is heavy into sawmills, fine woods, and carpentry. He has the appreciation for fine wood furniture that I was supposed to cultivate somewhere along the way, and never quite did.

(Except for my "Give us this day our daily bread" cheery wood bread box, which was a precious gift. )

I just think trees look nice, provide shade, and am impressed when they grow fruit or flowers. One needs to look no further than pictures of our wedding trip to see a healthy respect for trees. After all, we spent a week in the redwood forest area of northern California, and even stopped by the Arbor Day Foundation in Nebraska City on the way home.

On a related note, I was a little surprised to receive an e-mail from some environmental group in Europe who are attempting to "...raise awareness of the carbon emissions resulting from the use of the internet - specifically of blogs." Yes, you read that right, my blog and your's may be bad for the environment. Don't ask me how, it's all too complicated. But don't worry, there is hope! The "Make It Green" people (as the call themselves) are willing to plant a tree as a way to "neutralize" my blog's noxious emissions. In exchange for participating, they will give me a snazzy button to put on my blog that declares The Mennobrarian to be "carbon neutral." Well, that's a nice gesture, even though I'm not convinced that posting a few anecdotes, recipes, and pictures here on the internet is going to leave a massive carbon footprint anywhere. But I do like trees, so I might just go along with it just to have one planted. After all, even if it doesn't help, it surely won't hurt, and I'm not convinced there's a problem anyway.

Is it safe to come out yet?

4 comments:

  1. I am SO in love with these tree pictures! My dad was interested in photography all his life, taking thousands of photos over the course of his 74 yrs on earth. He spent many hours pouring over his photography magazines, reading, studying, and looking at the pictures, analyzing the elements that went into the taking of magazine-worthy photos. He would get so excited sometimes, he just couldn't contain his enthusiasm, and was often heard to exclaim, "Gee-miny! I WISH I took that!" That's exactly what I thought when I saw these beautiful tree photos - Gee-miny! I wish I took those! (And how CUTE you look peeking out from that tree trunk!! You ought to frame that!)

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  2. My Puppy's not so SmartMarch 19, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    I wonder if they will hug that tree they plant for you. Well, do these folk know you have dogs? I read somewhere they are up near cows with their carbon footprint. Whatever. People actually fall for this stuff.

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  3. Oh yeah, and don't tell them how far you drive to work - they'll have you taking your bike for sure. Those pictures are BEAUTIFUL, and I can see why that bread box would be a precious gift. I'm happy when I find a twist-tie for my bread. Plus, any pictures where we get to see you are bonus pics in my book! ♥

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  4. When I was on my trip I visited the rain forest and the trees are awesome. They are reminders that man is actually a preetty small being.

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