“You are a child of the universe,
No less than the trees and the stars.
In the noisy confusion of life,
Keep peace in your soul.”
― Max Ehrmann
The Leafometer said Go, and so we went up to the Arizona Snowbowl to spend some time with the Aspens.
I am my best self when I am among trees . Since childhood they have been vital for me, invigorating and sustaining, strengthening, and calming. There is a peace that comes from hanging around with trees. The annual ritual, the familiarity, the feeling of normalcy of the day was especially welcomed this year.
The Leafometer spoke truth, and the aspens gave a standing ovation show stopping performance to the many visitors out enjoying the day.
The Aspens are known for their ability to regenerate growing shoots and suckers from the lateral roots. The trees are identical clones to the original, and ‘members’ of a particular clone can spread over a hundred acres, Members of a specific clone are distinguished from different clones by a variety of traits such as leaf shape and size, bark character, branching habit, resistance to disease and air pollution, sex, time of flushing, and autumn leaf color. Sounds similar to how some neighborhoods, organizations, clans, nations, and families are organized.
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