Climb through history with Tree of Wonders
first remember reciting Joyce Kilmer’s “Trees” some time during elementary
school. I don’t know why it was my choice, other than it was short, had a rhythmic flow and represented my love of one of Mother Nature’s most precious guardians. In those days, there was nothing I liked better than climbing to the top of a regal tree and watching the world from afar.
I was lucky to be raised in rural Ohio, a country boy. The Guy homestead stretched over 12 acres, most of which was populated by maple, poplar, beach, oak and elm trees. I also had access to the countryside that surrounded my family home, acres and acres of forests that begged exploration. Before I reached adolescence, I knew every square inch of that land, including in which trees bees liked to store their honey, which branches regularly supported bird nests and where I could see the farthest from the strongest branches. I spent many hours defending my tree fortifications from imaginary enemies and my older brother and his friends. It was a wonderful place to grow up, even though I didn't appreciate it fully then.
As an adult, I understand the importance
of trees to our world and view them more fondly than ever. Of course, my travels have introduced me to scores of different species – the Catalpa or cigar tree, the Osage Orange used by Native Americans to make bows and arrows, the poisonous Buckeye, countless fruit trees, glorious Palms and rambling Banyans. I could go on and on because there are more than one thousand species of trees in North America. Next to the mighty Redwoods and Sequoias of California,
I don’t know if there is any tree more intriguing than the majestic Live Oaks that populate the Southeastern United States. Their far-reaching branches and enduring presence have captivated my imagination and given birth to “Tree of Wonders.” Gazing at one, I couldn't help but ask: What could a 500-year-old tree tell you if it could communicate?
"Tree of Wonders" takes an historical look at northern Florida and Flagler County, as told to a young teen by one of those majestic Live Oaks that now sits at Waterfront Park. I hope you’ll find it entertaining and informative. If you doubt trees can communicate, you'd better pre-order now. It will open your mind to many wonderous things. For a preview of the first chapter, just CLICK HERE
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How trees communicate. CLICK HERE Scroll down and click sound.