My wife and I have differing opinions about what makes a beautiful tree. I prefer the large symetrical trees such as the Statesville tree that have the opportunity to express their full "treeness". My wife, in contrast, likes the tortured tree that has a story to tell of living through some things. She likes the lopsided oaks that stand in the middle of a pasture having clearly sustained a few lighting strikes and provided some meager shade to some desultry herd of cows. How do you stand on this issue?
Oh! Beauty can be found in so many places. I simply love trees with personality, and I think they can be found in both categories. I do tend to be very intrigued by the melancholy, lonely old trees that have a tale to tell, but I am equally enamoured with the whimsical, the peaceful, or the playful tree. I like creepy trees and gentle funny ones. I think there is something prideful and almost hilarious in the large, full Statesville tree. Upon looking at a tree in it's surroundings I like to get very close and see the detail in it's leaves, pods, or bark. What I don't like are the perfectly ordinary trees that do not set themselves apart in any way. But I like to give each tree a closer look, and the boring ones are actually quite hard to find.
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I love trees. That's really what it's all about.