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Once upon a time there came to this earth a visitor from
another planet. He was met at the place of his decent by a great philosopher, who was to show him everything.
First of all they came through a wood,& the stranger looked upon the trees." Whom have we here"? He asked.
“These are only vegetables” said the p “they are alive,but not very interesting.”
“I don’t know about that,” said the str,“they seem to have very good manners. Do they never speak?”
“They lack the gift,” said the philosopher.
“Yet I thinkI hear them sing,” said the other.
That is only the wind among the leaves" said the p.
“Well,” said the str,“I wish I knew what they are thinking”
“They cannot think,” said the p.
“I don’t know about that” returned the str,& then, laying his hand upon the trunk “I like these people,” said he.
“They are not people at all,” said the p,“Come along”.
Later,they came to a city,& the streets were full of men & women.
“These are very odd people " said the str.
“They are the people of the greatest nation on earth,”said the p.
“Are they indeed?” Said the str.. " I prefer the people with the green heads."
R L Stevenson

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Awesome blog a poem that makes me think and i love the photos/thank you :-)))

love the poem...made me think about the hum sound that scientist conclude trees make...then as you probably know there's the whistling thorn which is an acacia tree... they are remarkable...(trees)

16 Nov, 2013


I prefer the people with the green heads too. They are far more sensible :o))

16 Nov, 2013


I agree 100%. Whenever I see a tree being chopped down it makes me feel so sad. The are so noble, witnessing man's follies yet remaining silent and strong. If only they could talk...I wonder what they would say to us?

16 Nov, 2013


Glad that you all liked.Jane, I haven't read about the hum that trees make, tho' it doesn't surprise me when you think of all the gallons of water they imbibe. Must investigate further & I haven't heard of the whistling acacia either. Pardon my ignorance. I also feel sad when a tree is cut down& also when they get blown down.
Snoopdog, I guess your comment is that my pics are upside down as usual! Don't know what to do about that
Taken in Wisley arboretum.

17 Nov, 2013


A lovely blog, the pictures are wonderful and the poem very moving, I too feel sad when I see trees being chopped down, what a dull place it would be without them and think about the devastation for the birds and wildlife, it doesnt bear thinking about!

17 Nov, 2013


Pansp. what is the name of your lovely little Scottie? Can we have a nice(bigger) photo of him please?

18 Nov, 2013


Where would we be without trees, we have far too many in our small garden, but, I love them all.great blog.-

19 Nov, 2013


Glad that you liked it, Dd2, thank you.

20 Nov, 2013


That's a good one Feverfew . . . trust RLS to make us think! If you haven't yet read it, I bet you'd enjoy his biography by Claire Harman, simply called "Robert Louis Stevenson": it's fascinating.

22 Nov, 2013


No, I haven't read it.Have made a note of same for future reading.

23 Nov, 2013

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