For the love of trees

Dear readers, I’ve been absent for a long while again. I think like many people I know, most things felt just too trivial to post about over quite a period this summer as our country felt the impacts of climate change through widespread severe drought, low rainfall, above average temeratures, and then–overwhelming bushfire. I wrote this post at the end of December with a broken heart and evidently didn’t post it. Here it is now.

Queensland Kauri (Agathis Robusta)

The current period in this dear land brings to mind fiddling while Rome burns. Instead of violin playing, we have governments authorising new oil, gas and coal mining over the protests of First Nations, scientists and activists while so much of this continent is on fire.

River red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) in the foreground with a view over a misty winter Belair National Park in the background.

As summer really begins here, with temperature records already broken several times (in our city, 46C) I am like most people I know–worrying for those who have already lost so much; thinking of those living now in fear; full of gratitude and awe for those fighting the fires. We have friends who have already defended their homes, others watching and waiting and ready to leave, still others evacuated from catastrophic fire danger zones. My friends are grieving one of those who has died, someone I did not personally know. Other friends are grieving the loss of landscapes in which they spent years of backbreaking bush regeneration work.

Eucalyptus Nicholii with multiple trunks.

In a time of such heartbreak, I offer the love of trees.

White trunked Eucalyptus Camaldulensis against a blue sky.
An unknown eucalypt with many dead limbs.
Another Eucalyptus camaldulensis…
And a final E Camaldulensis in the grounds of the Waite campus of the University of Adelaide.

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8 responses to “For the love of trees

  1. An absolute blessing in these tough times.

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  2. Such a heartfelt post. You have expressed what many people were and are feeling. Thank you.

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  3. Rebecca

    I feel as you do. You’ve done well to find words. Everything feels a bit pointless amid this climate chaos and failed leadership.

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    • And yet, we can’t stop working to try to impact what is here already, and what is coming. Hoping that you are finding balm for your broken heart in these challenging times.

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  4. Susan Hetzel

    Thank you very much for your beautiful photos.

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