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Redwood tree wisdom

Updated: Mar 15, 2023






"The Redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stay with you always. No one has yet successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes a silence and awe. It's not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color, which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, and they are ambassadors from another time. They have a mystery of ferns that disappeared a million years ago into coal of the carboniferous era. They carry their own light and shade. The vainest, most slaphappy and irreverent of men, in the presence of redwoods, goes under a spell of wonder and respect. Respect -that's the word...I have had lifelong association with these things. (odd that the word "trees" does not apply.) I can accept them and their power and their age because I was early exposed to them. On the other hand, people lacking such experience begin to have a feeling of uneasiness here, of danger, of being shut in, enclosed and overwhelmed. It is not only the size of these redwoods but their strangeness that frightens them." - John Steinbeck


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