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