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Some favorite Trees - How Trees add Value to our Lives

Updated on October 8, 2011

Trees and their value

Trees bring us life. They help us to breathe and live, and enjoy their food and their wood and give us shade. Trees bring great beauty to our world. From Sequoias to the olive trees in Greece, I feel my life has been enriched just for having seen them.

There was a neat article my father in law shared with me once, and it was all about how trees actually help increase the value of a neighborhood monetarily. It was a fascinating article. Think about this for instance. Do you know of any older neighborhoods with old shops or houses that are also lined with some kind of tree? You see them in movies if nothing else. Those trees, actually add value to those neighborhoods! I have seen neighborhoods like this from downtown Santa Ana California, to downtown Athens Greece. Sometimes these trees have fruit even, as seen in Athens. There were varying citrus fruits growing on the trees in what seemed like part "concrete jungle."

Trees are so diverse and we see it in the tree line of course. The ones in Colorado, so different from those in Southern California. The first picture here, shows some trees from Southern California, near Balboa Beach in particular. I love how they are all gnarly looking, and silhouetted against the sky. They seem to be very happy near the ocean.


Some neat trees

Gnarled trees in Balboa Beach California.
Gnarled trees in Balboa Beach California. | Source
Fall colors in Missouri, USA
Fall colors in Missouri, USA | Source

More on the trees in these photos

The second tree pictured above, is one in Missouri, USA during the fall season. They are very tall, but I am not exactly sure on the name. These trees tower so tall and are beautiful year round, yes even in the winter time. In winter you see their beautiful silhouettes and when it snows they are breathtaking. I have great memories of my boys raking leaves into huge piles to jump into right under those trees. Trees give us so much enjoyment. I love it that so much wildlife also enjoys and depends on the trees.

Near this same area, we have a little path in what we call the "woods" really it is just a common ground, but unless its winter, it looks like they may as well go back pretty deep. Such a joy. We have seen many animals back here as well, from a mink, to turkeys, to a beaver with babies, snakes, and hawks among other things. The trees themselves help to make up such an area that so much wildlife can live and thrive.

Interesting blooms on a tree.  I think these are so interesting and the colors are beautiful.
Interesting blooms on a tree. I think these are so interesting and the colors are beautiful. | Source

I love to see flowers in trees, like this one tree here. This year I have also enjoyed seeing some magnolias with their beautiful white blooms, and also a tulip tree that was gorgeous. Every spring, its a joy to see the many flowering trees, wherever I have lived. There is nothing quite like a flowering cherry tree, for instance. Simply beautiful.

The ever impressive Weeping Willow Tree

My son and a lovely weeping willow tree.  One of my favorite trees ever.
My son and a lovely weeping willow tree. One of my favorite trees ever. | Source

Flowering Tree in Spring

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      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      HappyBoomerNurse, thank you for that. I also love to see the different trees in different areas I go to. Glad to know there are other tree lovers out there.

      Marellen, thank you for your comment. I agree, life would be "blah" without the trees!

      Phoenix, I think that is beautiful, and I agree.

      Seeker, thank you for sharing your favorites. I like to hear what others like. Trees are such a gift really.

      Seafarer Mama, I totally agree with what you said, and I was one of those kids that couldn't get enough of being up in the trees. I am sure that weeping willow will bring many much pleasure for years to come.

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      Karen A Szklany 

      7 years ago from New England

      Thank you for writing this hub, OceanSunsets. :0)

      Trees are such a beautiful part of our lives, and we have a diversity of tree types near our home. Our community planted a weeping willow last year, and look forward to it growing a thick canopy of swaying branches for shade. :0)

      Yes...they absorb CO2 and add diversity to the landscape, as well as adding beauty...and a place to climb (i.e. exercise!) for children. :0)

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This is a beautiful hub. If we didn't have trees the world would be a much duller place. My particular favourites are the pines/confifers -their beauty, size and grace are magical!

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      PhoenixV 

      7 years ago from USA

      For me, trees have always held special meaning and significance. They stand, quietly and stoically giving shade, fruit and provide homes for birds and critters. Like some kind of sentinals that watch over every living creature.

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      marellen 

      7 years ago

      I love nature and trees play a huge part in that. We have trees in my town that line the street and its beautiful. I wouldn't buy a home unless it had trees in the yard. Think of how blah it would be without them.

      I wrote a hub on The Calveras Big Trees You may want to check it out. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      I enjoyed this tribute to the beauty and value of trees in our own communities and those we visit throughout the world. When I travel, I never fail to notice the beauty of the trees and how each location tends to have its own ambience depending on the type of trees that are native to the region or have been intentionally planted.

      Loved your photos. Thanks for sharing them.

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