But even from ground level, there is a lot to see... Upon examining the bark near the base of the tree you can identify dozens of different lichen that create an amazing topographical image... almost looking like a Google Earth photo taken from space! Looking up into the branches I can see several large growths on the branches, along with the typical moss, ferns and rain forest greenery that covers many of the trees here in the Pacific Northwest.
When I think of this tree, and the larger Redwoods and Sequoia's, I realize how small and insignificant humans are in the scheme of things. Our lives are so short, and our time on earth so fleeting compared to the hundreds, and even thousands of years that some of these trees have stood and grown, and offered shelter. But we have the power to destroy these trees in the blink of an eye.
We will continue to be the steward of this tree and of the forest land nearby. I am eager to get to know them more... perhaps by climbing into their canopy, or by drawing and sketching them during the various seasons. They do truly bring me joy and happiness by just existing! I often stand on our deck and can watch as a large hawk circles and lands on the very top of the fir...what a wonderful thing that would be... to so effortlessly be able to perch on a tiny branch reaching toward the sky. I wonder how many visitors have landed there during the tree's lifetime?
Why not plant a tree today... or at least this year?