The lost art of tree hugging

We tend to take them for granted – the trees —

Even when their bare bones

Create art on a sun-drenched wall in winter;

Tree sculpture

Or when the mistletoe

Hangs like disco balls from their weathered branches.


Some say ‘tree hugger’ as if it were a bad thing.

But I agree with my son,

More of us ought to take the time to thank the trees

For their beauty.

Tree hugging

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88 responses

  1. daryledelstein

    i agree .. lets all go hug a tree .. they’re so lovely even bare they seem to have not a care

    December 10, 2012 at 16:00

  2. I love this. When I was a young girl I used to hug trees. They made me believe in a higher power. Haven’t hugged one in years… I’m inspired.:) Hope your holidays are peaceful and bright. xo

    December 10, 2012 at 16:06

  3. Awww. Lady, you always put the beautiful things forward. I love that about your posts. Not to mention, I covet your view.

    December 10, 2012 at 16:13

  4. I couldn’t agree more! I grew up in western Texas where trees of any size are few and far between. Here in Seattle and the northwest, the trees are everywhere and so beautiful! I never tire of them!! I love your post and captures for the day! The shadows in the first shot make me think of ballet dancers! And your son, with his arms around the tree!! Perfect! Wonderful post and captures for the day — as always. Have a beautiful week!

    December 10, 2012 at 16:38

  5. Jim

    I LOVE trees and am therefore a tree-hugger’! Love that first photo of espelliered trees against a wall….great shot!

    December 10, 2012 at 17:01

  6. smiles…i love trees…and i have hugged a few…as with many of the things we have we begin to lose sigh of them and take them for granted…love the shadow play they do on the walls..

    December 10, 2012 at 17:20

  7. I have always loved trees, some people just see them as landscape, but to me they are beautiful. Great shots, especially the one of your son.


    December 10, 2012 at 17:23

  8. Wow! The shadows and sunlight was fabulous. Lovely photos

    December 10, 2012 at 17:33

  9. Such a lovely post! I definitely agree. I’m going to hug a tree when I get home today:) I love your photos!

    December 10, 2012 at 17:34

  10. I’m also a proud tree hugger and I’m always glad to find other tree huggers out there! Just got a live Christmas tree and can’t wait to plant it in the new year.

    December 10, 2012 at 18:06

  11. Don

    My Mom had a deep love for trees and I have no doubt that she past that on to me. Love the images, especially the tree-hugging one.

    December 10, 2012 at 18:08

  12. ashok

    ah! wonderful post

    December 10, 2012 at 18:13

  13. TexWisGirl

    totally agree! beautiful post!

    December 10, 2012 at 18:19

  14. Such wonderfully subtle colours in that last photo!

    December 10, 2012 at 18:26

  15. Hudson Howl

    I could never live without trees around me. I now for certain I have hugged more trees than I have people. I often jokingly say “save a tree murder a chainsaw”.

    December 10, 2012 at 18:30

    • Love that reply!

      December 10, 2012 at 18:32

  16. I adore trees, with or without their leaves! Gorgeous photos!

    December 10, 2012 at 19:01

  17. JM

    Such contrasting photos and they’re all beautiful!

    December 10, 2012 at 19:08

  18. I love trees, we have a lot in the garden and we have to take them down, but I still refuse that. I know they are old and could damage the house in a storm….It takes a lot of years to get some of those again…I have 2 hängbjörkar which I am very fond of….but….maybe they have to go…

    December 10, 2012 at 19:45

  19. Beautiful photos, I like the light and shadow in the first, delicious white as in the other.

    December 10, 2012 at 20:14

  20. a beautiful message ♥

    December 10, 2012 at 20:25

  21. Bob

    I am with it, let us all do a bit of hugging a tree.

    December 10, 2012 at 21:08

  22. I have hugged many a tree. They are often overlooked, but are so very beautiful. Even the gnarled and half dead ones have great beauty. :)

    December 10, 2012 at 21:11

  23. Oh, I love love love this post. Beautiful images and sentiments.
    Off to hug a tree now:)

    December 10, 2012 at 21:25

  24. Beautiful artwork indeed Fi. I too am thankful for trees and all that they provide in addition to their natural beauty – shade, colour, contrast, fruit, nuts, homes for birds, and wonderful timber for housing and furniture. Wishing you and yours a great week ahead.

    December 10, 2012 at 21:37

  25. Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    December 10, 2012 at 22:30

  26. Totally agree…trees are beautiful and are so important to our world.

    December 10, 2012 at 23:11

  27. We had to cut down a VERY tall oak tree this past summer. It was so diseased and just died from the top down over a period of two years. So sad to see it go. 😦 I agree.. trees need to be hugged.

    December 10, 2012 at 23:15

  28. Great message! And thank you for being a tree-hugger. Wonderful photos, have a great week!

    December 10, 2012 at 23:16

  29. Pat

    Lovely post.

    December 11, 2012 at 00:56

  30. I never take trees for granted. They are my daily beauty.

    December 11, 2012 at 01:57

  31. cosmos

    I am a tree hugger too. “I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree” . I am grateful for trees to be there. Bundle yourself up and stay wam!

    December 11, 2012 at 02:07

  32. I promise you – tomorrow I’m going to hug a tree and say “thanks.”

    December 11, 2012 at 02:26

  33. onceupona

    The world would be a better place if we all held the trees so tightly and loved them so dearly. Lovely post on all counts!

    December 11, 2012 at 02:43

  34. cloudia

    How True, right & Perfect.

    Wishing YOU
    an Aloha-filled week, from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral
    ~ >


    December 11, 2012 at 03:04

  35. I agree with you. We need to love our trees. Thanks for these precious photos.

    December 11, 2012 at 03:53

  36. Did you see Modern Family tree hugging?

    December 11, 2012 at 04:03

  37. I climbed trees…I never thought of hugging them!

    December 11, 2012 at 04:23

  38. In Sydney the Royal Botanical Garden has hoardings asking people to hug the trees:) See my post

    December 11, 2012 at 04:25

  39. High five to tree lovers and huggers!
    xo jj

    December 11, 2012 at 05:29

  40. Beautiful tree pics, I feel like hugging a tree now!

    December 11, 2012 at 06:05

  41. The first photo is great art like Japanese art :)

    December 11, 2012 at 06:15

  42. All brilliant compositions!!

    December 11, 2012 at 06:21

  43. Thank you so much. I am a dedicated leftie tree-hugger, and I love the elegance of the bones that trees display in winter as much as I do their beauty in full leaf.

    December 11, 2012 at 06:51

  44. Your son sure does have the right idea. Aside from their beauty (which your photography illustrates so well) they provide so much for us.. for our survival.

    December 11, 2012 at 07:10

  45. Great stuff. I love that first shot.

    December 11, 2012 at 07:51

  46. I so agree with you and your son! What an absolutely beautiful post. The first and third photos just took my breath away!

    December 11, 2012 at 08:08

  47. A wonderful message, if humans learn to hug trees, wars and all the misconceptions soon disappear among the trees.

    December 11, 2012 at 09:11

  48. love the pictures
    greetings from brussels

    December 11, 2012 at 12:42

  49. Beautiful photos! Beautiful art!

    December 11, 2012 at 12:55

  50. Magnificent photography of beautiful trees ~ one of nature’s many treasures ~

    (A Creative Harbor) ^_^ aka ArtMuseDog and Carol

    December 11, 2012 at 14:55

  51. LOVE!!!!

    December 11, 2012 at 16:03

  52. Your son has the right idea! Great tree pictures — I love the look of ‘bare-bones’ trees…you can see how graceful they are and yet how enduring. Perfectly lovely all.

    December 11, 2012 at 16:15

  53. Beautiful. I agree with your son. I am inspired:)

    December 11, 2012 at 16:16

  54. How beautiful! I agree with your son too. I am inspired:)

    December 11, 2012 at 16:18

  55. great post. the last photo is awesome.:)

    December 11, 2012 at 16:39

  56. Wonderful shots of the trees. I’m a tree hugger.

    December 11, 2012 at 17:14

  57. Yes they’re worth a hug!

    December 11, 2012 at 20:06

  58. J Cosmo Newbery

    All good but the first one is the gooderest!

    December 11, 2012 at 20:56

  59. I´m glad your son feels that way.:)

    December 11, 2012 at 20:57

  60. So sweet! I totally agree with him!

    December 11, 2012 at 22:01

  61. Oh! I love that art on the wall!

    December 12, 2012 at 00:22

  62. We should all hug a tree every so often. And that first photo is just WOW!

    December 12, 2012 at 03:05

  63. Oh yeah! Trees are awesome. I’m a tree-hugger also!

    December 12, 2012 at 04:03

  64. ladify,
    I love bare trees as well as greenery trees. When trees are stripped off all decorations, they show the essence of their truth and beautiful skeletons. I love to hug trees and also columns made of ancient trees. And I like to see people hugging trees very much. Thanks a lot for stunning photos.

    December 12, 2012 at 05:41

  65. trop bien le dernier cliché où on joue à cache cache avec le paysage neigeux

    December 12, 2012 at 08:35

  66. Great pictures – I like the colour match between the trees and the jacket.

    I tend to agree that my kids look rather splendid! (But there may be a hint of bias there!)


    Stewart M – Melbourne

    PS: there is a joke on FB you may like!

    December 12, 2012 at 09:40

  67. I love the trees! Beautiful shots!

    December 12, 2012 at 16:53

  68. Wonderful, especially the last photo!

    December 12, 2012 at 17:53

  69. Hello Lady Fi!
    Your photos for mistletoe, like the upcoming Christmas.

    December 12, 2012 at 19:03

  70. imac

    Just beautiful, and you cant beat a little tree hugging too.

    December 12, 2012 at 21:02

  71. I love that first image!! Just the colour of the wall, and the lovely shadows!!
    In the next post, Oskar looks so happy!!

    December 12, 2012 at 22:56

  72. I think I shall kiss a tree today!

    December 13, 2012 at 00:24

  73. jenjilks

    How beautiful! I love our trees. I love them.
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

    December 13, 2012 at 01:29

  74. Hugging a tree is so heart warming and inspiring!

    December 13, 2012 at 02:18

  75. –I am def. a tree hugger “))) Xxx

    December 13, 2012 at 05:51

  76. What beautiful captures! Each one so filled with great tones and textures. I love winter trees, the barrenness makes them more lovely, as their branches beckon us.

    December 13, 2012 at 07:17

  77. AB 2 Is very wise for a small boy..lovely photos..looks like Christmas there:)

    December 13, 2012 at 07:26

  78. nice and i agree:)

    December 13, 2012 at 12:33

  79. YAY!!! Hug a tree whenever you can! They’ve been here much longer than us, and have witnessed so much…. So magnificent.

    December 14, 2012 at 05:11

  80. Beautiful gesture!

    December 14, 2012 at 12:01

  81. I never saw mistletoe growing before! All wonderful shots!

    December 14, 2012 at 16:35

  82. beautiful winter wonderland photos, very nice series

    December 15, 2012 at 21:43

  83. Oh, I just love that last shot. Beautiful ~

    December 19, 2012 at 15:57

  84. I love how this whole post feels, makes me want to go out and hug ~ which i will when it stops raining and is light out:) Thanks for the inspiration!

    December 21, 2012 at 03:58

  85. trees are certainly one of my favorite things about planet earth!

    December 21, 2012 at 18:52

  86. Yep, I’m with you Fi. Lets all hug the trees. They deserve it . Congrats on Hilary’s POTW – – Dave

    December 23, 2012 at 08:02

  87. Congrats on POTW! These are wonderful.

    December 26, 2012 at 03:40

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