Trees Calm Us

Photograph by Alois Wonaschutz

Photograph by Alois Wonaschutz

Perhaps in autumn we are more aware of trees than at any other time of the year. Quite apart from providing oxygen, food , material necessities, and shelter, trees provide us with spiritual riches and a sense of place. Trees provide us with a connection to something larger than ourselves. With their roots grounded in earth and their branches reaching into

Photograph by Karl Kaiser

Photograph by Karl Kaiser

the heavens they symbolize some ancient tie we have to both of these realms, ties we have, in our urban landscapes largely loss.

Photograph by Brigette Werner

Photograph by Brigette Werner

As the leaves turn and begin to fall, join 2nd Tuesday in a consideration of the ways in which trees not only provide us with the materials and foods of our lives, but in what they do for our health and our spirit. Click here to Hutchinson’s recent article in The New Yorker

"Prayer and Response", 20 x 24 encaustic and watercolor by Fredrick Swan

“Prayer and Response”, 20 x 24 encaustic and watercolor by Fredrick Swan

And please revisit local artist and photographer Karl Kaiser’s wonderful images of trees in the Portland area. Click here

Photo courtesy of Pixabay

Photo courtesy of Pixabay