I went to visit my home state this past week. I hugged trees, and it was good.
And now I'm back in my new home state. And it is cold, very, very cold.
I took so many photos that my camera is having trouble passing them along to my computer.
Edited to add: I added a picture of me hugging a tree. This is a tree. When you hug one of these trees, unless it's a little one, you don't really put your arms around, more just snuggle up close. The bark feels so good.
When I first read The Lord of the Rings, I imagined the Ents as this sort of tree. Imagine if Sarumen had seen Ents like these trees coming from the forest. He'd have known they'd wipe his armies out. Also, if the Ents had been like these trees, the Entwives never would have dumped them and left. (I've always thought the Ents losing their Entwives was incredibly and unnecessarily sexist. So then I figured that the Entwives got tired of the boring conversations and took off.) At any rate, I was unimpressed by the Ents in the film. I must admit, having grown up with these trees, even the little ones in our neighborhood, I'm not easily impressed by other trees.