The Bible tells us that Almighty God was the Master artist who ‘made every tree to grow that is pleasant to sight’ (Genesis 2:6). Did you know that when God created the trees He had our pleasure in mind?
Here’s a beautiful poem about TREES written over a hundred years ago:
From my condo window, walks around my neighborhood, drives through town, bus rides, and visits to a nearby botanical garden, I have been able to discover many varieties of trees and take note of those that have canopies and tree holes. Simply stated, tree canopies are the sections of branches and leaves of a tree, and tree holes are the sky holes that let birds fly in and out of a tree. Thanks to Dennis and Nolan Clark of Paint Basket I learned how to draw and paint trees in their landscape drawing classes.
Often, my husband graciously listens to my chatter about the colors of the trees and flowers, the colorful trunks of the eucalyptus trees, and cascading flower clusters from the rainbow shower trees. He waits patiently for me when I want to get out of the car to take photos of trees, or sometimes I just take photos as he slows down in traffic. The fall tree is on the Whitworth University campus where I visited my ‘little artist’ (see 8-24-17 post) now grown granddaughter, Taylor, in Spokane, Washington.
In the photos above you can see tree canopies marked to make it easier to draw/paint realistic-looking trees. One photo shows my other granddaughter Amber sitting between the split trunk of a huge tree she discovered in a remote forested area on Molokai Island, where she did field work for her univerity studies on plant research. The last photo features my husband sitting under a tree playing his ukulele after dinner at the park. Having a collection of tree photos provides a way to study how trees grow and to note their different shapes and forms.