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Miscellaneous Monday - Seeing the forest for the trees

Andy Gladstone Community Leader Jul 18, 2022

Right now there is a great initiative that @Monique vdB has brought to the Atlassian Community. It's a push to plant 30,000 trees based on the user engagement in the community during the month of July. For every piece of content liked, a tree will be planted, and all users that participate qualify for a special edition community badge. You can read all about it in Monique's post here

During a brain break I was thinking about what 30,000 trees looks like. As an avid hiker, I have been in dense forests - but have I ever tried to count the number of trees? If I did, how long would it take to actually see 30,000 trees? But what really startled me was the idiom that popped in my head - would I be able to see the forest for the trees?

 Don't Miss The Forest For The Trees

The meaning of the idiom is simple - we often get so bogged down in the detail (each individual tree) we don't see the bigger picture (the forest). Would I literally miss the forest for the trees??? 

Well, I am a believer in being an individual, so I'd like to focus on the trees during this Miscellaneous Monday post. After all, each community like is needed to get to the 30,000 trees.

So here it is. Let's all share a picture of our favorite trees. The Arbor Day Foundation has a great database of tree information that you can use to identify and post a picture of your favorite tree. Or you can post a picture of a tree you love from your yard, neighborhood, childhood, favorite TV show (who will be posting a Weirwood tree?), or any tree that makes you happy. Bonus if you explain why in your post.

I can't wait to see our forest form from the individual trees posted!

 

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Andy Gladstone Community Leader Jul 18, 2022

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We have a pink dogwood in our front yard. (This is not a picture of it.) I love sitting on the front porch when it blooms in April and May - it's flowers are so delicate that the breeze rattles them - but they are so brave that they hang on as long as they can - knowing the happiness they bring me! 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boab_Prison_Tree,_Derby in NW Australia. I visited as a young man and it always stuck in my mind. So odd!

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I still rate trees I see based on how climbable they are. And it's been a while since I climbed a tree :)

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Andy Gladstone Community Leader Jul 18, 2022

Wow! That is super unique. I don't think I have ever seen a forest of Boab trees - they seem to thrive alone. @Matt Doar__ LinkedIn does that say anything about you?

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Monique vdB Community Manager Jul 18, 2022

@Matt Doar__ LinkedIn wow that's a crazy tree! Funny we both thought of Australia, one of my tree pics is Australia themed also.  Such great flora and fauna there.

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Summer.Hogan Community Leader Jul 18, 2022

@Matt Doar__ LinkedIn that is amazing! Love it! Thanks for sharing such an oddity! 

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Jack Brickey Community Leader Jul 18, 2022

These trees are so amazingly unique! I would love to see one in person. 

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Sharon Tan Community Manager Jul 27, 2022

This is so beautiful!!

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Monique vdB Community Manager Jul 18, 2022

We have jacaranda trees here and they are always beautiful, but when I visited Australia, they were really jaw dropping! This is not my picture but still gives you an idea of these gorgeous purple trees.  

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Also being from California I feel VERY FORTUNATE that the trees in front of our house actually CHANGE COLORS in the fall!  (Very rare here.) These are Chinese Pistache trees and they make our street so lovely. 

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Andy Gladstone Community Leader Jul 18, 2022

Now I know where you got the inspiration for your hair coloring from! These are amazing! Thank you for sharing.

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Jack Brickey Community Leader Jul 18, 2022

They almost don't look real. Something to really stop any make you appreciate the beauty of nature.

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Srinatha T Atlassian Team Jul 20, 2022

Wow..

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Okan Erdogan Community Leader Jul 20, 2022

This is gorgeous! You're so lucky to have these to look at when you wake up!

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Awesome purple trees @Monique vdB 

Jack Brickey Community Leader Jul 18, 2022

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree... Joyce Kilmer

It is hard to beat Muir Woods.

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Andy Gladstone Community Leader Jul 18, 2022

@Jack Brickey as always, you are inspiring! Muir Woods is on the bucket list. I must get there sometime in the near future.

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Monique vdB Community Manager Jul 18, 2022

@Andy Gladstone and @Jack Brickey I love Muir Woods! I recently did a little solo staycation in Fort Bragg and on the way to the coast, drove through some coastal redwoods in Mendocino county.... truly magnificent.  I pulled over to take a picture, hard to capture the majesty of these trees!

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Okan Erdogan Community Leader Jul 20, 2022

Magnificent! Muir Woods is one of those beauties in California that every person should experience. What peaceful surroundings to be in! Thanks for making our day with these pictures! 

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I love Muir Woods... Peaceful

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Summer.Hogan Community Leader Jul 18, 2022

I personally love Golden Aspen trees. I try to go up to northern AZ every year to see the Aspens and just love the jaw dropping colors! My favorite place to go is in Flagstaff at Lockett Meadow. It requires a treacherous drive up a mountain on a one lane road and a medium difficulty hike, but it is so worth it! Here is a pic from the internet and a pic of my own. 
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Andy Gladstone Community Leader Jul 18, 2022

That sunlight filtering through the limbs, same color as the leaves. It’s 👌

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Monique vdB Community Manager Jul 18, 2022

@Summer_Hogan I need to know how lazy people see these trees. They are beautiful!

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Summer.Hogan Community Leader Jul 18, 2022

@Monique vdB you made me LOL! Yeah its quite a trek up there, but if you ever come to AZ there are easier ways to see Aspens during the time of year they turn. On the drive from Flagstaff up to Snow Bowl, you can visit Aspen Corner, which is another great place to see these beauties! 

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Monique vdB Community Manager Jul 18, 2022

@Summer_Hogan yes, I like trees I can drive to, maybe get out, take a nice leisurely walk, admire the trees. None of this "treacherous" or "difficult" territory for me. 😆

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Craig Nodwell Community Leader Jul 29, 2022

This looks like a very happy place.
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The house I grew up in had one of these in the garden.  My first cat and I took naps under it, the family ate the fruit, I climbed, and fell out of it, many many times, and and and...

Ask Alys: should I replace my old pear tree? | Gardens | The Guardian

But I have a soft-spot for the trees in:

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I think the trees have been replanted because my memory says they were a lot taller and taking over the drive, so no surprise if they were felled and saplings planted.  I'm old enough that they've had enough time to grow to this size!   I met my first girlfriend under one of them.

In third place is 

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I can't find any evidence beyond "it is said to be the tree that ...", but I've been to see it a few times.  It's an apple tree.  In the background is Woolsthorpe Manor.  If the claim is true, then tree is at least 360 years old (due to one of the big news events of 1666) 

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Monique vdB Community Manager Jul 18, 2022

Of course it's called "Woolsthorpe Manor," how British can you get?! 😂

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I think that one is more "English" than "British"  - it would be named, and celebrated, very differently in Ireland, Scotland and Wales!

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Monique vdB Community Manager Jul 20, 2022

@Nic Brough -Adaptavist- I wasn't sure about my wording, TIL! :) 

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Andy Gladstone Community Leader Jul 26, 2022

Nothing like a tree that reminds us of young love! Thanks for sharing @Nic Brough -Adaptavist-

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Okan Erdogan Community Leader Jul 20, 2022

I took this when I was taking a walk down to the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz. I was in love with PALM TREES the entire time I lived in California! All I see is summertime hope and livelihood when I come across any.

 

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Summer.Hogan Community Leader Jul 20, 2022

Pretty pic! 

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Okan Erdogan Community Leader Jul 20, 2022

Thanks @Summer_Hogan ! Santa Cruz is certainly beautiful! 

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Monique vdB Community Manager Jul 20, 2022

@Okan Erdogan I love them too, and this picture is so pretty!

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Okan Erdogan Community Leader Jul 20, 2022

Thanks @Monique vdB ! Santa Cruz is technically So of NorCal, isn't it?! As a SoCal native, you would know the answer to this 😆

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Monique vdB Community Manager Jul 20, 2022

@Okan Erdogan ha! well as far as I'm concerned, roughly speaking, there's "real" NorCal (redwoods, Humboldt county). NorCal (Sacramento and greater SF Bay Area, which includes Santa Cruz), then Central California (Fresno, Modesto...) then SoCal starts around Santa Barbara and goes all the way down to San Diego County. 

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Okan Erdogan Community Leader Jul 22, 2022

@Monique vdB that's right! I have seen so many different California maps in terms of Nor, So, and Central cities. I was kind of confused, thanks for shedding some light on this as a native!

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Andy Gladstone Community Leader Jul 26, 2022

@Okan Erdogan palm trees have always mesmerized me. Thanks for sharing your favorites.

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Srinatha T Atlassian Team Jul 20, 2022

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Okan Erdogan Community Leader Jul 20, 2022

What is this one?

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Srinatha T Atlassian Team Jul 20, 2022

Bamboo trees. 

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Okan Erdogan Community Leader Jul 20, 2022

That's right! I was not quite sure. Thanks a bunch!

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Andy Gladstone Community Leader Jul 26, 2022

@Srinatha T Bamboo Trees are not native to New York, but there are pockets of them growing here and there. Last summer my wife and I were riding our bikes along a rail trail in upstate NY and all of a sudden we were under the canopy of a bamboo forest that formed a tunnel over our heads and surrounding us. We just stopped and were dazed and amazed by it. Thanks for sharing your love of bamboo!

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Srinatha T Atlassian Team Jul 20, 2022

This was one of the big tree's i had witnessed in Agumbe forests.  Not a good click but the trees trunk says it all. 

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I actually love tropical palm trees (I know, boring, right! LOL).

One reason is that these trees will bend and contort themselves chasing the sun, they dont let anything prevent them from seeing the sun. This reminds me constantly how I need to strive to do the same within a work environment, when on projects, or even in my own personal life.

Another reason is that during a hurricane or other strong storm, these trees will bend (extensively), but normally do not break under the constant pressure put on them by the high winds. This reminds me to always be flexible, so as to not allow anything to "break" me.

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Monique vdB Community Manager Jul 20, 2022

@Jonathan Vidaurrazaga I love palm trees! My husband and I have an ongoing argument about them because to him they represent Los Angeles's water theft and also "they're not real trees." I say "there's 'tree' right in the name" and also "oh my god enough about the water theft." 😆

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Summer.Hogan Community Leader Jul 20, 2022

@Jonathan Vidaurrazaga I love those too. There are lots of them in Hawaii and I visit Hawaii a lot! They really add to the scenery at the beaches and make for great beach pics! 

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I agree, they're definitely trees!!

I honestly have zero clue about any of this water theft stuff, but here in Miami, palms are plentiful, and even better, zero water theft LOL

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@Summer_Hogan there's just something about them that make you want to take off clothes and jump in a hammock with a fruity drink lol

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Monique vdB Community Manager Jul 20, 2022

@Jonathan Vidaurrazaga he's from Northern California and I'm from Southern California and it's a whole thing. If you watch the classic movie Chinatown, it talks a lot about the water and the early days of California!

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Craig Nodwell Community Leader Jul 22, 2022

All northern Labrador we did a road trip there about 5 years ago.  I would recommend it, but not for anyone driving a low riding vehicle the roads are no paved ... roads ha road there's only one.  The tracks you see in the sand, those are not human or man made ... We didn't stay too long.  
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Monique vdB Community Manager Jul 22, 2022

Wow, I love the juxtaposition of the trees with the sand. Really beautiful!

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Craig Nodwell Community Leader Jul 22, 2022

It really is like no other place.
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Andy Gladstone Community Leader Jul 26, 2022

That is an amazing contrast. The only time I have experience something like that in person was riding my bike through Kennemerland National Park in the Netherlands in Summer 2016.

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Craig Nodwell Community Leader Jul 26, 2022

Another cool thing about Labrador is the amount of wild blueberries that grow, they are everywhere.  Stop the car for a rest, pick some berries no need to look for them they are at your feet. 
It's not a tree but I heard they like trees :)
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Brant Schroeder Community Leader Jul 29, 2022

Amazing photos.  Thanks for sharing.

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Craig Nodwell Community Leader Jul 25, 2022

Any post initiative that will get me to login on the weekend to like something that I've reviewed is something special.  
A tree should be planted for this.

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Connor Rising Star Jul 25, 2022

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Ancient cedar trees in BC.

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Love the beautiful cedars in BC :green_heart:

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Andy Gladstone Community Leader Jul 26, 2022

BC is a treasure trove of amazing forestry and trees. Thanks for sharing!

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Monique vdB Community Manager Jul 25, 2022

Here's a rainforest:

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Oregon has paper tree farms where everything is planted in perfect lines and trimmed similarly creating a really cool look.  It can also be really scary when you are in the middle of one of the forests and everything looks the same, especially at night.

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Monique vdB Community Manager Jul 25, 2022

@Brant Schroeder wow that is really cool, and a bit eerie for sure! Reminds me of the Crooked Forest in Poland, have you seen it?

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Andy Gladstone Community Leader Jul 26, 2022

@Brant Schroeder paper tree planting and milling is a fascinating practice. I went to a paper factory/museum in Massachusetts a few years back and was mesmerized by the process. Thanks for sharing.

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I really like that series of pics @Brant Schroeder! When I used to take photography classes quite a few years ago, they would make a great triptych together. Especially love the light and the colours in that last one!

And @Monique vdB 's crooked forest makes an awesome contrast with them!

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Andy Heinzer Atlassian Team Jul 25, 2022

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I grew up with a Catalpa tree in my yard. It was odd because it would fruit these long, spindly pods, that when they fell would always leave such a mess. The pod was shaped like a bean pod, but the shell was very wooden, or bark-like.  It was kind of strange to me because I don't recall seeing other trees that did that.  I thought it was somewhat uncommon and it stood out a bit.  It's too bad we lost it in a bad storm.  Our tree was over 80 years old and much taller than this pictured example. It was easily over 50 feet in height.

Image source Wikimedia, image taken by Mark Wagner.

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The cherry blossoms at University of Washington have to be up there... right @LisaSeattle ?!

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Andy Gladstone Community Leader Jul 26, 2022

Just wow @Kristian King. Thanks for sharing!

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Craig Nodwell Community Leader Jul 26, 2022

Amazing.
Toronto has a similar spring cherry blossom thing in High Park.

Pics to follow :)

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Summer.Hogan Community Leader Jul 26, 2022

I love cherry blossoms! I've never made it to DC to see them because it is such a tight window, but some day I will!

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Sakina Rising Star Sep 15, 2022

Beautiful

Craig Nodwell Community Leader Jul 26, 2022

Toronto - High Park - Cherry Blossoms
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Sakina Rising Star Sep 15, 2022

wow

Trees are a very grateful subject for creative photography. In Belgium, close to Brussels, we have the Hallerbos, where every spring there is a blue wave of blossoming hyacinths beneath the trees. For a couple of days it turns into "the" photographer's hotspot

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Because of the beautiful contrast in colours and the way the light plays amidst the stems, it is also a great place for creative, abstract photography. With a slightly longer exposure time and moving your camera deliberately up- or downwards, one can shoot moving trees like these ...

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Great fun, and you never know up front what the result will look like 📷

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Monique vdB Community Manager Jul 26, 2022

@Walter Buggenhout _ACA IT_ wow! I hope you have some of these on your wall, they are gorgeous. That top one is such an amazing vibe.

Speaking of amazing vibes I can't believe I haven't dropped any Edward and Bella in this thread yet.

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Monique vdB Community Manager Jul 26, 2022

I feel like I never really stopped to think about how many different types of trees there are in the world until this thread. We haven't even talked about bonsai trees!

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Andy Gladstone Community Leader Jul 26, 2022

I cannot shake this association whenever I see a Bonsai Tree! Thanks for the memory recall @Monique vdB

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Monique vdB Community Manager Jul 26, 2022

Hahaha! Here's an "ASCII" (not really) bonsai to go with my other ones

 

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Andy Gladstone Community Leader Jul 26, 2022

ASCII and Bonsai go together. They are both minimalist!

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Okan Erdogan Community Leader Jul 26, 2022

These are so cute! Wow!

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Monique vdB Community Manager Jul 27, 2022

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Craig Nodwell Community Leader Jul 28, 2022

I have to admit this is probably my new favorite thing too.

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Chloe Watts Atlassian Team Jul 28, 2022

Big, beautiful gum in Colo Valley, New South Wales.

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Andy Gladstone Community Leader Jul 29, 2022

Wow. I wonder how old that tree is. Are there any others near it anywhere around the same size?

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It's so hard to have a favorite tree when they are all so beautiful in their own special ways!  

I do love the majestic beauty of Japanese Maples!  Their beautiful, deep reddish-purple color in Spring & Summer, changing to equally beautiful reds, oranges, yellows in the Fall.

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Andy Gladstone Community Leader Jul 29, 2022

Maples in autumn are nature's fireworks!

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Brant Schroeder Community Leader Jul 29, 2022

Ahhh good old Calvin and Hobbes

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Craig Nodwell Community Leader Jul 29, 2022

The Pines.
This is in the highlands of Cape Breton Island

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Brant Schroeder Community Leader Jul 29, 2022

Cabinet Mountains is great mix of trees and a beautiful place to hike.  I love going there the only issue is Grizzley Bears, they are the only thing that scares me in the wilderness.

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Craig Nodwell Community Leader Aug 21, 2022

Stunning.

A very refreshing view

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