Still getting plenty of comments on “Trees we do not Like”, over a hundred comments. So time for something different. Let’s go off in another direction.

Speaking of trees we like:

treebears by Matthews

[Illustration by Matthews]

This anthropomorphic tree-figure reminded me of the forest coming alive, and how long ago the was respect, mystery, awe, and respect for the majestic tree. From Giornale Nuovo I found this interpretation of a tree that was alive:

Pietro Cafferi

[By Pietro Ciafferi (1600-54), also known as lo smargiasso (‘the braggart’)]

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.


  1. I have three memories of trees. One was extremely positive; several decades ago, my parents had a very old apple tree in their backyard. One summer, I spent everyday in that tree. I read the entire Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden series in limbs that completely hid me from civilization.
    Flash back even from then; the scene from the movie Wizard of Oz where the trees spoke to Judy Garland terrified me!
    Present tense: a horrible wind storm pulled a shallow rooted, very large and old willow tree up by its roots in my rural backyard. In that tree, my then 10 year old son spied on a topless sunbather from his treehouse. After it was removed and leveled, it was 2-3 years before I could even look at the blank spot!

    Thanks for sharing Auburn! I appreciate it,, and please stop back in again.

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