Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Nature's Art: Trees. Photos by Bernie Paquette

Nature's Art: Trees

                                                                                         Take me to the trees.

"In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension." ~ Dr. Roger S. Ulrich Texas A&M University.

Did you know researchers have discovered that even a few minutes in nature, especially in proximity with trees, is good for our physical and emotional health? Here's a way to get close to trees without leaving our warm houses (while we wait for spring). View the photos below. Perhaps these photos will encourage you to enjoy nature outside as well. 

                        Nature creates art. The price of admission is only that we observe. 

                                              Lion, and tigers, and bears, Oh my. 

                                 ...Sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray. 

                                                             Iconic Elm - Route 15



                                                        Diverse marriage. 


Knowledge tree

                                              Shagbark Hickory: with a perennial bad hair day. 

                                                                      Critter Condo

                   This tree decided it best to grow up - OFF the beaten path. 


                                                                 Secret fairy cache

                                                                                             15 story critter hotel

                                                                Nature's Twin Towers


                                                             Died trying to escape.

                                                             Cousins twice removed?

                                                           He does not resemble either one of us.

                                                                  Chew downs

                                 That is the last time I rent to carpenter ants. 
                          They invite Pileated Woodpeckers over.

                                                                Carnivorous tree.

                      From humble beginnings grow greatness, given time.

                                       Witness tree - possibly Swamp White Oak                           

                                                                                     Sweet and Sticky

                          Beaver's eyes might have been bigger than its stomach.

                                                                              Periscope up


                                                                      Sustainable growth

              Paying respect and  absorbing wisdom from this large and aged tree.

                                                                   That's gotta hurt

                                                                               Morse Code


                                                                        Nature reuses patterns

                                                          Have you hugged a tree today? 

                                                                            Burl wood

                                                       Monet ish

         When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not. ~YODA


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