Attending The Guardian

Winter Silhouette of our Ancient Oak

We are the brief, but committed stewards of one of the oldest trees in our town.  A Quercus bicolor, commonly known as Swamp White Oak, spreads its majestic limbs, covering 6400 sq. ft of garden in the lower area of our property.  It stands as a venerable member of an ancient clan, reaching its many arms, some 50 feet long, in all directions, from a trunk with a robust 12 1/2 foot caliper.  Although it is no more than 60 feet tall, an understatement for a 200+ year old tree, it’s sublime presence creates a complete and awe inspiring space. Stand in the welcoming shade of  its vast crown, place your hands on the deeply furrowed face of its trunk, letting your fingers feel the wrinkles of 200 hundred years, raise your eyes to wander into this living sculpture, home to thousands upon thousands of flying and crawling insects, not to mention dozens of birds, proving a feeding ground for so many more creatures; one of many children not of our own womb, but generously lent to us by the most grand and trusting mother, Earth.  Everyday, we take care of this grand old tree, and in return, it takes care of us.

Come and share this sacred space when you visit, if only for 5 minutes. When the time comes for you to plant an heirloom tree, you will see the road of time stretching out before you, and on it, your loving, grateful heirs and when you look behind, the beautifully wrinkled and wise faces of your ancestors.

6 thoughts on “Attending The Guardian”

  1. Dear Chris and Kathy,
    Thanks for the homage to your grand, old swamp oak!
    One of Mike and my favorite of all kinds of trees.
    Happy holidays to you both!
    Fondly, Susie and Mike Humphrey

  2. Thanks for sharing your tree and thoughts…..I was promted to take a walk out back and visit my boundary trees…I read that trees communicate with each other for miles I wish I knew what they were saying.
    Peace Kevin

  3. This is a lovely reminder of the beauty and power of something as “simple” as an ancient tree. Thank you for republishing a wonderful testimonial to Mother Nature and her powerful presence.

  4. Such a beautifully written tribute! Thanks for sharing it again.
    I look forward seeing your lovely photography and reading your blog each month or so. Takes me away for a few minutes. Thank you!

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