Conversations with Trees

Santa Cruz Ferleaf Ironwood tree

Hi Friends,

Do you talk to trees? I do. By holding their leaves and closing my eyes, I can feel my connection to all of Earth.

The trees give me feelings of strength, continuity and grace. In exchange I send them love and appreciation for their beauty and the oxygen they provide so we can breathe.

The tree shown above is one of my favorites. It’s a Fernleaf Ironwood, native to Santa Cruz Island, which is just off the coast of Ventura. This particular Ironwood lives in Kimball Park, where I walk most days.

This is the tree that graciously provides leaves for my ironwood leaf print silk scarves. Its leaves fall in late summer, and I collect them for prints. The leaves on this tree are unusual and so pretty.

Santa Cruz Ferleaf Ironwood tree

The prints from its leaves are also beautiful. I suspect the rust color is from iron in the plant. Thus the name Ironwood!

Cassandra Tondro, Fernleaf Ironwood silk scarf

I enjoy having a relationship with the trees that provide me with leaves. Each one is special in its own way. The London Plane trees in the Trader Joe’s parking lot. The Ironbark Eucalyptus, also at Kimball Park. The Ash trees in West Ventura. The Silk Oaks at Chase Bank. They’re friends, and I get to observe their changes as we move through the seasons together.

Even living in a city, we can find ways to be close to nature without having to drive a long way. Hearing song birds in the morning. Watching crows gather on power lines at dusk. Trees that line our streets, and flowers in people’s yards. They’re reminders of our connection to nature and all of life.

We are nature, and nature is us.

How do you commune with nature? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



  1. Every day in my garden I care for my trees and feed them.They in return give me nourishing fruits to sustain my livelihood. Thank you trees.

  2. Thank you for sharing the love connection between the trees and your eco- dyed scarves and such. For me it is the whole point. We live in reciprocity with nature…with are in relationship!
    We are relearning the language. It is a language of love…and gratitude. When you begin dancing with natural dyeing, you truly deepen your relationship to nature.

    1. What a lovely idea, Gaylyn, that natural dyeing and the leaf prints lead us to a deeper relationship with nature. I hadn’t thought of it that way, but you’re right. I now see each tree as an individual. In fact different trees of the same species give different leaf print colors. Especially eucalyptus. Some are bright red, and some are rust.

  3. Hi Cassandra, my husband and I got Chickens last year born in July, watching them grow. We call them our Zen Chickens, as we have found them fun and enjoyable. When ever you are having a tough time, we head for the chicken coop, to hang with the girls. They all have names and trick they do, but there is nothing more calming than watching them pecking around so content. Have a naturally beautiful day:) Your friend from Iowa.

  4. Hi Cassandra,

    We walk the dogs in the small woods or the big forest near us every day. I have always loved the trees and feel so lucky to be in an urban environment that has woods and a large forest (which is really our watershed).

    I just finished The Hidden Life Of Trees by Peter Wohleben. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. I learned so much. Science has proved what many of us have known intuitively and it’s fascinating.

    Tree blessings to you.


  5. Hello Cassandra, thank you for your insights… I wanted to share with you a story that was given to me some years ago. I was meditating and could see this magnificent tree I believe somewhere in Russia, I could then see the tree stump after it had been cut down for timber. I felt the emotion attached to the tree and I was told that for each ring I could plainly see in the stump it was an Akashic record of life for each year that the tree had lived. it seemed that the tree had been recording life around it as it had been occurring. I have always felt an incredible connection to trees in general and have 4 magnificent trees in my garden. I also read the other day that they now believe that trees have a pulse.(ie: the flow of water as it moves through the tree) We are blessed to have this connection and I always feel so relaxed and connected to the earth when I am walking through them. x colleen c

    1. Interesting about the Akashic record in the tree rings, Colleen. I wonder if that’s something that someone can interpret. Yes, the more we find out about trees and other plants, the more amazing they become. Thanks for sharing your story.

  6. Touching the tree for a while is nice grounding (or earthing). The earth and trees are slightly negatively charged in comparsion to us humans. The electrons thus travel to us via touch with trees or earth. A nice (albeit little) free health treat for us.

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