by Donna Lewis
I am sure I am not the only one here in Central Texas who lost trees in the recent ice storm. It was a masterpiece of art, with everything encased in ice. A magical scene for sure. But also, a terrible thing, and deadly for nature.
I have many trees down. I will miss them all. But one was very special to me and Linda.
She was the mother of all the standing tree people who lived on our property. I talked to her and listened to her breathing every day.
Trees communicate with each other through electrical impulses. This has been proven. So the other trees were aware of those who fell. But I know there is much more than just a mess to clean up, if you love and listen to nature.
The trees watch our busy lives and never complain. They stand quietly as the years go by. I will miss her and all the others and thank them for being here.
Facts from the US Forest Service also place monetary and health value on trees.
- The value of a single tree can provide $73.00 worth of air-conditioning, $75.00 worth of erosion control, $75.00 worth of wildlife shelter, and $50.00 worth of air pollution reduction.
- A single tree can produce 260 pounds of oxygen each year.
There are some beautiful poems about trees, just too long to print here. Poets Joyce Kilmer and Maya Angelou have some very nice ones.
I have shed tears about my friend, and on Earth Day, I shall plant another friend to replace my fallen one. I have done this since 1970.
This is a good thing for everyone to do on Earth Day, which is April 22nd.