Earth Day 2022: For the Love of Trees

As we recognize and celebrate Earth Day this year, I fondly think about my favourite tree.*

This huge and flourishing maple tree is in the front garden of my daughter’s summer house in outport Newfoundland. I look forward to seeing it each and every July.

maple leaves

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
~ Kahlil Gibran

Caring for our trees is of vital importance, now more than ever. Strong, healthy trees help to clean the air by absorbing pollutants and releasing clean oxygen for us to breathe. They capture rainwater, which helps prevent landslides and floods. And, of course, they provide shelter and habitat for many forest creatures. All of this shows how trees help reduce the effects of climate change.

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
~ Nelson Henderson

We can all play a part in countering the effects of deforestation. One way is the simple act of planting a tree or a number of trees. Check out the Canopy Project at

Do you have a favourite tree, woodland or forest?
Please share if you do!

*All photos taken on July 11, 2021 in Lead Cove, NL

26 thoughts on “Earth Day 2022: For the Love of Trees

  1. Beautiful post about one of my favorite subjects. My favorite trees when I was a child in Michigan was the symmetrical red maple up the block from Grandmas house and the grand old elms. The elms were killed by Dutch elm disease. I love sycamores. Jacarandas. Almond trees. All sorts.

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  2. Jennifer, what a glorious tree and I can just imagine your souls giving a sigh of joy as you visit it every year, absorbing the timeless beauty, resting under the heavenly canopy! More than ever I see trees as sentinels upon the Earth, hopefully their importance will be recognised more each year both for the good of the planet and for our spirits. (I’ve just come back from a long break in the forest in Sweden and more than ever appreciated the stunning wonder of trees, nature, lakes and sea!)

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    1. Annika, that break must have been welcome nourishment for your soul and a renewal of inspiration for everything you do. And how timely is this post for you!
      As the largest plants in the world, trees have a majesty about them that cannot be equaled—-particularly these giant-sized ones. Thanks so much for stopping by with your lovely words.

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  3. I love trees. They were rare on the prairies so I appreciate them even more. My favourite poem as a child was
    Trees by Joyce Kilmer.
    I think that I shall never see
    A poem as lovely as a tree.
    A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
    Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
    A tree that looks at God all day,
    And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
    A tree that may in Summer wear
    A nest of robins in her hair;
    Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
    Who intimately lives with rain.
    Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.

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    1. Oh I love that poem, Darlene. (Though I didn’t remember much after the first two lines!) Thanks for sharing. There are very few trees to enjoy here on Perry’s Point, so I can relate to your experience. We have to go for a quick drive to see actual woodlands. Have a great weekend!

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  4. Hi Jennifer! That’s a beautiful tree! I agreed with everything you say here about the importance of trees and the prevention of deforestation. Every spring I enjoy several trees in our neighborhood- some are flowering trees but others are just beautiful regular ones – simple beauty. Happy Earth Day!

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