Thursday, January 20, 2011


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.


  1. Those are much closer to my Ents, too, than those wispy, wimpy things from the film. Nonetheless, I love the movies--remember being a teen (for me in the late '60s and early '70s), and debating with friends whether the technology would EVER exist that could bring those books to life? Ah, fulfillment...

  2. All the philosophical objections that we pointy-headed types have with the Lord of the Rings trilogy would be a long series of blog posts indeed! I think it might shut down our usual range of topics for weeks at a time, if we ever got serious about that.

    And yes, the real trees are way more impressive than the filmic Ents.

  3. Anonymous9:53 AM

    Oh, now I have tree envy! Also, I'm imagining "Desperate Entwives".

  4. i know some of that tree's cousins! if i'm estimating correctly, you got some good weather, too.

  5. The world needs more tree-hugging people in it.