Fall is my favorite season, and this one has not been as spectacular as previous years, so I was feeling disappointed. My husband thinks this is because of the harsh winter and dry fall. Maybe it’s climate change. But last week-end I noticed more trees were colorful, so I took a few photos.
Also, I have just finished a book that was recommended to me: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, tranlated from the German by Jane Billinghurst. (I learned at my sister-in-law’s Lifelong Learning class on mysteries translated from other languages to English that translators are not given the credit due and in some cases, are considered co-authors.)
This little book, only about 5 1/2 in. X 7 3/4 in. and 250 pages of text with many sources and notes, is so rich in information that I canot even begin to review it without going into great detail, but the subtitle will give you a hint: What They Feel, How They Communicate-Discoveries from a Secret World. One example: Trees that grow together in a forest live longer than trees that grow isolated, away from a forest. He actually likens the forest trees to elephants, both of whom are very “family-oriented” and take care of one another.
I remember reading the Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tomkins several years ago, so some of the information about how plants communicate was not entirely new, but Wohlleben’s point of view is so interesting that I could not resist at least mentioning the book. Here is what says in the Introduction to the English Edition:
“When I wrote this book, I wanted to describe my experiences in the forest I manage in the Eifel mountains in Germany and record what the trees had taught me.”
That quote alone may give you a clue about the author’s respect, regard, and knowledge of trees. His wealth of information from years of managing a forest is embedded in interesting chapters such as: The Language of Trees, Forest Etiquette, Tree School, Trees Aging Gracefully, Hibernation, Turbulent Times, and Healthy Forest Air.
The book is a fascinating primer about trees and the environment, and since I include my photos, I am posting it in the Photo Gallery, Reviews, Earth Day Every Day and of course, the Home Page. This book has also given me a greater respect, appreciation, and love of trees.
And now for some photos:
This photo shows the variations in leaf colors depending on the type of tree.
This tree around the corner from our condo had a beautiful shade of reddish-orange.
This last photo is not a tree, but some kind of fall grass that sways in the wind and looks so delicate, I just wanted to include it.
Enjoy the rest of fall in its colorful glory as the trees ready themselves for resting during the winter. According to the Hidden Life of Trees, trees actually go into a kind of hibernation in winter, perhaps not like bears, but more a time of rest before spring when they have to work harder to grow leaves and keep themselves alive. They deserve a rest!