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Take a step back

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“Sometimes you have to take a step back and realize what’s important in your life, what you can live with, but more importantly, what you can’t live without.”-livelifehappy.com

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The Sequoias of Parc Barton in Geneva

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Sequoias make you look up to the sky!

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For years, we thought the sequoia would remain but now we have to be more prudent about keeping it alive.

Jehoel, The Soul Reporter

About the House, About the Sequoia

One day,
The house will go away, perishable in the Eternity
Beyond the very notion of “day”
The Sequoia will remain, from life to life, as eternal entity

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#poetry #photography #philosophy #mysticism #reflection #eternity #trees #sequoia #sequoiasempervirens #quintadaribafria #sintra #portugal

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Walking among the Giant Sequoias

To remember:

  • giant sequoias = world’s biggest trees begging to be climbed with perches to rest on.
  • trees over 2000 years old > have had generations of families & native Americans gather around them.
  • visiting Sequoia National Park + Kings Canyon = much more than just visiting the giant sequoia groves.
  • the worlds largest tree by volume = The General Sherman Tree.
  • view a reconstructed cabin originally built in 1872 by the Gamlin family.
  • most poignant part of the hike = viewing the Centennial Stump which was cut and a 16 foot section reconstructed for the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition.
  • the Twin Sisters = two trees fused together.
  • mighty South Fork of the Kings River = one of the most awe inspiring + powerful rivers
  • Zumwalt Meadow = Strewn boulders, rocky outcrops + rising granite all around
  • Grizzly Falls = thunderous wall of water + mist coming off of it = pretty spectacular.
  • Buena Vista Peak + Buena Vista Trail = incredible panoramic views from the summit.
  • Crescent Meadow =starting point for High Sierra Trail = route from Giant Forest to Mount Whitney = one of the most striking backcountry trails in the country.

 

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Have you walked among the giant sequoias? It’s always been a wish of mine, to wander among some of the world’s biggest trees. I’ve always admired big trees. I just moved into a house that is on a city park and my office windows face a soccer field that’s dotted with a few old growth trees. Trees with gnarled limbs and bark. Tree limbs that must span a hundred or more feet across. Trees that beg to be climbed with perches to rest on.

Seeing the sequoias has always been on my bucket list. I thought I would get up to Redwood National Forest actually first, but luck would have it that I found myself outside of LA.

While a lot of people save up vacation time or have enough to take a week and spend it inside a park, that’s not really what fits my life right now. I…

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A grove of giant redwood…..

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“A grove of giant redwood or sequoias should be kept
just as we keep a great and beautiful cathedral.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt

~ Image, Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) by Ed Post
Text & image source: The Garden Of Pensiveness https://www.facebook.com/The-Garden-Of-Pensiveness-367268523352486/

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The near-indestructible giant trees in danger

The miraculous story of the near-indestructible giant trees that millions of Americans tell their children is no longer true.

In America they may be proud of their giant trees, but the inhabitants of that great space of wonders are also helping to destroy what is given to them in loan.

By all the pollution man has created our environment is crying for help.

For the first time in recorded history, tiny bark beetles emboldened by the climate crisis have started to kill giant sequoia trees, according to a joint National Park Service and US Geological Survey study set to be published later this year. Twenty-eight have gone since 2014. The combination of drought stress and fire damage appears to make the largest sequoias susceptible to deadly insect infestations that they would usually withstand.

California’s great drought took already care that lovely trees were enormously damaged. One of the 28 great trees which could not keep up though optimistically named Lazarus, was standing with proud in the Giant Forest in Sequoia national park, surrounded by other sequoias and a handful of cedars and pines that died with it in California’s great drought.

When Dr Christy Brigham, who is responsible for the welfare of the ecosystems in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, saw Lazarus for the first time, all she could do was weep.

“This is a tree that has lived through 2,000 years of fires, other droughts, wet years, dry years, hot years, cold years. It’s been here longer than Europeans have been in this country and it’s dead. And it shouldn’t be dead.
This is not how giant sequoias die. It’s suppose to stand there for another 500 years with all its needles on it, this quirky, persistent, impressive, amazing thing, and then fall over. It’s not supposed to have all of its needles fall off from the top to the bottom and then stand there like that. That’s not how giant sequoias die,”

she says, standing next to the skeletal Lazarus as the occasional tourist wanders past.

2000 year old Lazarus in 2020 a dead monarch sequoia, standing surrounded by a handful of cedars and pines that died in California’s great drought

 

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‘This is not how sequoias die. It’s supposed to stand for another 500 years’

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Happy New Year to you from Sequoia National Park in Winter!

The beautiful photos of Cindy Barton Knoke not only reflect the amazing splendour of God’s creation, they also clearly show the nullity of man in that great whole.

These photos are also a wonderful gift to use every year to open it, with good intentions.

We wish you a wonderful New Year, in a nature that we must certainly stand up for, so that people do not damage that beautiful wonder further.

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Love & Peace to you from Sequoia!

And the very Happiest & Healthiest New Year!

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We are in the Land of the Giants, Sequoia NP, where the oldest trees are 3,200 years old, the tallest are 311 feet, and the heaviest 2.7 million pounds. Their bark can be up to 31 inches thick. Sequoia branches reach up to eight feet in diameter and their tree bases up to forty feet in diameter (Source: James D. Knoke).

We are spending New Years with the trees, and hardly any people. Due to California’s severe drought, many parts of the park not normally accessible in winter are open, and we are taking advantage of it! (Please click to enlarge).

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The satellite is not a happy camper up here which is why you haven’t heard from me for awhile, and we will see if I can get this post out. This is a shot of the sunset reflecting off the Sierras.

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Wonderen van de schepping: De eik

Major Oak, een zeer oude eik in Sherwood Forest, Engeland

De eerste melding van een eik in de Bijbel vinden wij in Genesis 35:8, als Jakob Debora, de voedster van Rebekka, onder een eik begraven heeft. Er had daar een plechtige rouw plaatsgevonden, want Debora had haar meesteres meer dan 80 jaar gediend (Genesis 24:59).

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Bloemen van de terebint of terpentijnboom Pistacia terebinthus

In de Bijbel worden drie Hebreeuwse woorden vertaald met ‘eik’, maar ook wel met ‘terebint’.
Uit de context moet men bepalen welke soort wordt bedoeld. In algemeenheid kan worden gezegd, dat eiken veel groter dan terebinten zijn en meer verspreid over het land Israël voorkomen. In tegenstelling tot de ceders van de Libanon (zie een voorgaand artikel) zijn slechts enkele van de vele soorten eikenbomen in het land Israël altijd groen. Toch zijn er bepaalde overeenkomsten: beide zijn ze groot en sterk, leven ze lang, en verschaffen ze door hun brede vorm veel schaduw. In de Bijbel worden zij vaak gebruikt als beeld van menselijke sterkte en trots. Soms worden zij in één adem genoemd met de ceders, b.v. in Amos 2:9:

“En toch heb Ik terwille van jullie de Amorieten uitgeroeid, die zo groot waren als ceders en zo sterk als eiken.”

Vanwege de hardheid van hun hout werden eiken gebruikt om er roeiriemen van te maken:

“Van eiken uit Basan waren je riemen”

staat in een beschrijving van de toenmalige heerlijkheid van Tyrus (Ezechiël 27:6).

De beste eikenbomen waren kennelijk in het gebied Basan te vinden, zo kunnen wij b.v. lezen in Jesaja 2:13. Basan was een streek ten oosten van de rivier de Jordaan, die vroeger aan Og, een van de overgebleven reuzen, behoorde. Nadat Israël onder Jozua Basan had veroverd, kreeg de halve stam Manasse het gebied als erfdeel (Jozua 13:29-31).

Ook voor minder verheven doeleinden werden eiken gebruikt. God maakte zijn volk het verwijt, dat zij op de bergtoppen offers aan de afgoden brachten in plaats van Hem te eren. Deze afgoderij vond plaats onder de schaduwrijke bomen, waaronder eiken (Hosea 4:13). Maar de afgodsbeelden zelf werden ook wel van eikenhout gemaakt, en daarvoor werden zelfs bomen gekweekt (Jesaja 44:14).

Mount Tabor Oak Tree Quercus Ithaburensis Estimated At 600 Years …

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Come To The Quiet!

The rustling leaves want to whisper a lot to humanity. They hope that their fall song will reach some kind-hearted.

Though not many want to know or see that the surroundings where they are living in are a gift of the Divine Maker, Who has a plan for mankind but also wants us to take care of the earth and all living beings on it.

Joy Cometh In The Morning

Nancy Watching The Setting Sun 2018

COME TO THE QUIET 

 Do you hear it?Can you perceive it?The voice of God is callingRevealing bit by bitThe plan of your life laid outDoes He have to use a shout?To get the message to youExplaining all that it is about?Perhaps in all your busy waysThe quiet does not comeGod is calling you to STOPAnd know where peace is fromYou must let your words be fewTaking time to really hearKnowing God is speaking to youAnd that His Presence is so nearCome, Come to the quietSettle yourself to receiveGod is waiting to impartDirection and faith to believe!A word from the Lord in a poem as given to Nancy Young 9/21/2018 Ecclesiastes 5 "Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear…for God is in heaven, and thou upon…

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Just a thought for this month of Changing colours in Western Europe

The North and West of Belgium may look like a country full of bricks, full of houses with here and there some green trying to stay straight and alive. Where there can be found trees and fields the landscape is changing to red, yellow and golden colours. In the little gardens we may have mushrooms are the living proof we are in fall.

From the Schmidlin Family Farm we hear that at their place, in the Pacific Coast Range of Northern Oregon,

Fall seemed to only last a week this year in the Pacific Northwest.

the vibrant hues of the trees as the leaves turned from greens to wild splashes of color was only in full display a short while.

Trees with leaves ready to fallStorms that came in from the ocean sent wind and rain driving sideways at times. They lashed at the vegetation and ripped the tender stems of the leaves right off the trees that are drifting into slumber in preparation for the cold ahead. {From Vivid To Bare}

For the moment in Belgium we did not receive our portion of Autumn storms, but the temperature indicators do not seem to know where to go, one day cold the other day warm (? 17° C) for the time of year.

This year in Flemish Brabant the trees started already becoming brown in July (because of the water shortage for two years already), though in the South of France in September we could find lovely green colours and later in October them starting to give way to red, yellow and gold. They want to show the world they are strong and not yet willing to give away the crown they may be in the sky. Whilst mother earth cries unto them they sing their song in the wind, calling for memories and tricking us into lovely walks in nature.

At some places in Europe the birches are master of the surroundings. At the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve it won’t be long until they lose their leaves, so the  park strongly advise to get out there now – or we’ll miss the best autumn colours!

Loch Kinord has been looking especially pretty with the yellow birches. There’s just something about reflections on water that makes things extra-beautiful. {Golden Autumn Days – Muir of Dinnet NNR}

How long did we looked forward to sunny and warm days, and how quickly they are gone. Though at for some years, at certain times in Belgium it looked like we only had two seasons, a wet one and a wetter (and colder) season. With global warming we are treated with more extremes, hotter days but also more heavy winds and rainstorms. Some parts in West Europe receive in a few hours the amount of water which would normally fall there in three months. Without any concession, the water takes everything it can grab and drags it along into the depths or miles further to throw it on one large scrap heap. Cleaning up is all what rests for those who could survive the sudden torrent.

Is it not water then there are the flames which love to lick the earth and get tourists flee their resorts of rest. That way the flames get those fleeing people thinking about the drought and how they too are responsible for what is going on with nature which seems to have lost its wheel.

Is it the slow speed by which this year wants to announce the coming Winter, that I may be feeling a little bit down? Or is it my awareness that mankind has not treated his surroundings very well? Is it me feeling like man has lost his connection with mother earth or not willing to take care of it any more?

Though Fall brings us such magnificent colours and when we look at the many blogs and at Instagram, we are treated with an incredible world of magic. But that magical colourful world is something which seems to be far away from the industrialised economical world of West Europe. Most people not receiving enough time to go to the parks and to enjoy the changing nature.

The trees call out and reach to the people down there. But they do not seem to hear or seem not wanting to see. Even when youngsters already for months call those in charge of governments to become aware that we should turn our way of life and have to make serious measure to protect our earth.

Let those voices on the streets in the big cities know that their honest cry is heard, by those who can live in that beautiful nature, which seems to be  strangled by industry and by profit-seeking investors. The trees may be leaning in close to encourage another and want to give the people who live around them the lovely sweets of a year of pride standing high above the earth and streaming water. Now

it’s as though
Heaven itself conjoins with Earth. {Encouragement}

Is it not that the youngsters of today could also need some encouragement? Or should they become the driving force to get those older people coming to change their attitude of life? Perhaps the roles have to be switched and in this age it have to be the younger ones to bring the older ones to the senses?

It is just my (feeling down) thought for today.

 

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Find some Autumn reflections and lovely pictures at

  1. Encouragement
  2. Golden Autumn Days – Muir of Dinnet NNR
  3. virginia hikes: Mount Pleasant loop, October 24 2019
  4. Fahnestock Flora
  5. Spectacular Color along the Parkway

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Additional reading

  1. Temperatures rising
  2. Air-conditioning treath and HFCs extremely powerful heat-trappers
  3. Global watershortages and Worsening food security conditions
  4. June – July 2019
  5. Stepping forward with public commitments for Making different sectors carbon neutral by 2050
  6. Reducing effects of environmental disasters
  7. After the Summer-holiday thinking even more about God’s creation

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