For the Love of #Trees- #SundayStills #TreeSquare


“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

Abraham Lincoln

This week’s Sunday Stills Challenge from Terri Webster Schrandt is one near and dear to my heart- trees. You can join here. Becky B is also running a month-long #TreeSquare challenge on her blog. Check it out here.

The above photo is a stand of moss-laden trees we found on one of our drives exploring beautiful Vancouver Island.

The forest is thick and mysterious. I wonder if we’ll find Sasquatch hidden in its depths?

Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune’s bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.

John Greenleaf Whittier

Hubby taking a well-deserved break under the boughs of our giant spruce tree.

Trees add a natural beauty to our world.

Not sure what type of tree these are, but they sure have character!

A lovely country road. Doesn’t it make you want to explore where it goes?

My grandson showing off under the bows of this beauty.

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.

Bruce Lee

Quotes are linked to Marsha’s Writers’ Quotes Wednesdays Writer’s Challenge here.

Do trees play a part in your lives? For me, they represent freedom. Life in a complicated world is sometimes overwhelming, but if you sit and watch a tree for a while the stress will slip away. Try it, I’ll wait… 🙂

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53 thoughts on “For the Love of #Trees- #SundayStills #TreeSquare

  1. such great quotes, and gorgeous #TreeSquares – what a beautiful way to link us all together

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  2. Great post Jacquie. Between the pictures and the quotes, this is a thought provoking post.

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    1. Thank you, Carla. Hope you’re staying cool this summer 😊

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      1. The pool helps for sure. 🏊‍♀️🌞

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  3. Beautiful trees and perfect quotes to go with them, Jacquie! Marsha is going to be tickled that you joined WQW this week! I love that Bruce Lee quote. I think the bent-looking ones may be from the sugar pine family. I have to say that since you are a writer, you could quote yourself from one of your works 🙂 Hmm, sasquatch? I believe!

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    1. In the Pacific Northwest forests it’s hard NOT to believe in Bigfoot 😊

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  4. Lovely pictures and quotes.

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  5. Beautiful photos Jacquie and you picked the perfect quotes to go with them.

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    1. Thanks, Kim. I like the Bruce Lee quote 😊

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  6. Love the quotes and your beautiful photographs, Jacquie. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Jill 😊

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  7. Beautiful photos, Jacquie! We were in Victoria several years ago when we cruised Alaska’s inside passage. I took a photo of a distant mountain similar to the one you posted. I thought it was Mt. Rainier, but our guide said it was Mt. Baker. What little we saw of British Columbia was beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Joan. Yes, we can see Mt. Baker from Most of the south Island. It must be beautiful up close!
      I imagine you got some wonderful photos from your voyage. Did you see any whales?

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      1. We saw a few in the distance. Our friends who we cruised with saw some up closer. I was hoping to get a photo but sadly it didn’t happen.

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  8. A lovely collection of beautiful trees Jacquie and the quotes fit perfectly!

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  9. I have a love for trees, too, Jacquie, especially the ones in my yard. I was so sad when we lost part of one to an ice storm earlier this year, and I’m not sure if it will recover from it. Beautiful photos!

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    1. Our cherry tree took a hard kick this past winter, as well. I’m hoping it’ll be okay after a time.
      Thanks for stopping in, Jennifer. Great to hear from you!

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  10. D.L. Finn, Author July 11, 2021 — 11:20 pm

    Gorgeous pictures, Jacquie, and area:) Like you I love the trees.

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    1. The stories they could tell… 🙂

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  11. Aaah, the mossy shady green Pacific NW. Beautiful place to live, Jacquie. I have great love and respect for trees too. And you’re right… sit beneath one and breathe, and your stress slips away. ❤ ❤

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    1. I’m awed by the variety of trees. In Alberta, where I grew up, we had mostly swamp spruce, pine, poplar, and birch.
      Here, the trees stretch all the way to Heaven ❤

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      1. When we first moved west, I remember being moved by the height of the trees. 😀

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  12. I love the photos and the quotes. I used to live in the woods. It was so peaceful there.

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    1. I’m a town girl, so those big trees swaying in the wind make me nervous, lol.
      We went quading once and got stuck back in the bush. Every little noise seemed amplified. My head was on a spin! 🙂

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      1. LOL I totally know what you mean about those noises in the woods. I’m in town now and am happy to have a couple big trees in our yard.

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  13. You have such a beautiful area around you. Love the photos.

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    1. Thank you, Michele! Yes, we love it here 😊

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  14. Thank you for sharing not only the amazing photos, Jacquie, but your family as well. Great pictures!

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    1. Thank you, Jan. It’s nice to look back over old photos- lots of memories.

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  15. Trees have really captured all of our imaginations, haven’t they, Jacquie? Thank you for linking to Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays. Your post is beautiful. I especially love your mystery monster tree. Wonderful choices for this week. 🙂

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    1. They have them all around the city. Spooky on a foggy night 🙂

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      1. Yes, they can be very spooky.

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  16. Your pictures are gorgeous. Living on the prairies, trees were precious. My dad wrote to his MLA requesting a tree not be cut down in the ditch near our home as it was the only one for miles around. From one of my favourite poems. “Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.” Joyce Kilmer.

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    1. I love that poem, Darlene. I remember traveling to Canwood, Sask with hubby for his grandmother’s funeral and being amazed by the miles and miles of swaying wheat fields- so different from BC and northwestern Alberta where I grew up 🙂

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  17. Your tree pictures are lovely, Jacquie, and its nice to see a picture of your hubby.

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    1. Thanks, Robbie. This was from several years ago, but he still turns my head 🙂

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      1. That is wonderful, Jacquie.

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  18. A tree is like a human in slow motion
    perfect quotes Jacquie!

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    1. Thank you, Wayne. Hope everything is good on your end 🙂

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      1. holding the fort together so far and wolves at bay!

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  19. A comforting attractions. I love trees and words of wisdom! 💞

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    1. Thank you, AOC. Hope you’re avoiding the heat!

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      1. I am I keeping cool and believe the entire USA is sweltering in heat! Are you keeping cool?

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        1. Much better than at the start of the month!

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  20. Yes, a huge part. They’re everywhere here, out on my country lot. Great photos, Jacquie.

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