Festival of the Trees – Edition 37

June 30, 2009 at 11:50 pm 19 comments

Welcome to the 37th Edition of the Festival of the Trees. When we think about the chestnut blight or sudden oak disease or the woolly adelgid, small organisms that fall great forests, we are reminded of the fragility of trees. Although that is important to remember, trees can also offer up great examples of resilience, of resolve, of determination and the will to live. This month’s issues focuses on those examples. The Survivor Trees.


“Strength Through Fire”
(Photo by brims1285)

Nigel Lendon at iconophilia.net shares photographs and memories of a mangled eucalyptus tree that survived a serious brush fire at Austalia’s Mount Ainslie. Even though the tree was little match for a recent chainsaw, Nigel notes, “…it’s a survivor. These trees have the capacity to re-grow from the most unlikely remnant parts.”

The Apple Lady at the Daily Apple shares facts about the resilient Sequoia. Her photographs include impressive shots of trees that were hollowed out and scarred by fire, but continue to grow.


Tree of Knowledge
(Photo courtesy of lc-duplex)
This month, Vespa Nat from Time At The Top was struck by a banyan tree in Darwin, Australia. It was originally planted in 1898 and is known as the Tree of Knowledge. It’s weathered not only three separate cyclones, but the bombing of Darwin during World War 2 as well. Vespa Nat writes, “As I stand in front of these trees I think of the comfort they give me. Not just from the shade they throw where I can escape the hot tropical sun, but through the things they remind me of. Stability, flexibility and life.”


Cipresso del Kashmir di Isola Madre
(Photo courtesy of Luca Zappacosta)
On their travel blog Jon and Rich describe their visit to Northern Italy’s Isola Madre and seeing a 200 year old Kashmir Cypress tree. In 2005, the outlook did not look good for this tree. A rare tornado hit the island and uprooted more than 200 trees, this one included. An international team of specialists leapt into action. A helicopter carried a crane to the island and the tree was lifted back up. It survives today.


Borden Oak
(Photo by Mr. G)

Glenwood Cemetary Live Oak
(Photo courtesy of Hugetepic)

The Borden Oak is no stranger to natural disaster. It survived the Great Galvenston Storm of 1900 and more recently, Hurricane Ike. Many trees in Galvenston, Texas weren’t as lucky. This month the Houston Chronicle reports that thousands of dead and dying trees will need to be removed.

Cindi Barker of Southern Exposures shares a happy ending in Houston– a beautiful live oak that made it through Ike. Concerned about your trees? Pam Brown at Planting Pinellas writes about how to protect trees during hurricane season.


Tree in the Libyan Sahara
(Photo by 10b travelling)
Mike Putnam of Pacific Coast Stock posted about a hike in the proposed Badlands Wilderness Area in Oregon. He shares stunning pictures of old growth juniper trees. Some of the trees have thrived in the desert climate for over 1000 years. When talking about deserts, Bahrain’s 400 year old Tree of Life warrants noting. It survives isolated in the desert with no known water source.


Mysore Fig Tree
(Photo by leeleblanc)
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Life in Bonita Springs, writes about the 113 year Mysore Fig Tree. Living in Florida, the tree has endured multiple hurricanes and has the scars to show it. But cold weather was the tree’s real test. In the 1980s, the unusually low temperatures caused significant damage to the tree. It was believed to be dead, but revived. A few more hurricanes later, the tree is still going strong– 93′ tall, 130′ crown, 40′ circumference.


Sapsucker in Action
(Photo by jessicafm)
Sometimes a tree’s challenge comes in small packages. Utah Savage posts about a fond childhood tree that happens to be Salt Lake Valley’s largest green ash tree. It survives thanks to aggressive treatment for the green ash borer. Rock Paper Lizard shares a Western Hemlock Tree that has attracted the attention of sapsuckers. Meanwhile, A Birder’s Report contains lovely photos of woodpeckers and a hummingbird feeding off an oak tree. If you hope to help your own trees survive the affection of sapsuckers, Steve Nix at the About.com Forestry blog shares some tips.


Chandelier Tree in May 2009
(Photo by The Wata)

Some trees grow in hard to reach places and by the luck of their residence, they escaped mankind. Namely, the logging industry. Saratoga woods and waterways speculates that is the case with the old growth hemlocks in Mianus River Gorge outside Bedford, New York.

On the other hand, some trees have to face mankind head on. Man and the Tree shares a collection of Drive-Thru Trees. His collection includes the 315 foot Chandelier Tree. Roughly seventy years ago it had a tunnel carved in it. It is very much alive today.


“City Life”
(Image by cathairstudios)
Next month’s host, Trees, Plants and More, shares the hardships of two city trees in India. First off, a queen’s crepe myrtle blooms between wires and cables. And then, an “urban banyan”, possibly with manicured roots, adjusts to life with neighbors. If you didn’t catch it in Festival #29, be sure to check out local ecologist‘s post on the urban trees restoration in Sarajevo.


A-Bomb Survivor Nagasaki
(Photo courtesy ofof meggomyeggo)

The damage from the atomic bomb to Hiroshima and Nagasaki was extensive, but the very next spring, trees budded. This month on TGAW, I covered the stories of two A-bomb survivors– the Phoenix Trees in Hiroshima and the Sanno Shrine Camphor Trees in Nagasaki. Hiroshi Sunairi of Tree Project has organized a more extensive Slideshow of Hibaku (A-Bombed) Trees in Hiroshima.

Today, progeny of the A-bomb survivors are planted all over the world. Hiroshi Sunairi’s Tree Project is a blog dedicated to following the stories and the progress of those seedlings (You can also request seeds of your own!).


Pine Sharks
(Photo by Lorianne DiSabato)
Perhaps one of the least publicized threats to trees are sharks. That’s rights – sharks. I didn’t think there were many trees that would have to face a shark attack, but Lorianne at Hoarded Ordinaries shares some compelling evidence.

It is with great confidence I know these are not the only Survivor Trees out there. If you encounter such a tree, blog about it! And be sure to submit your post to a future Festival of the Trees. : )

Next month’s Festival of the Trees will appear at the India-based blog Trees, Plants and more. Send links to ringsofsilver09 [at] gmail [dot] com by the 28th of July. A special focus on summer fruit-bearing trees is planned, but all tree-related posts are welcome.

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19 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kristina Rosenbaum  |  July 1, 2009 at 2:24 am

    I wanted to share with you two trees, both at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida.

    The first is a Moreton Bay Fig Tree, which looks a lot like the Mysore Fig Tree from Bonita Springs. I was married under this tree (scroll down to the tree with the caption “I created a stone lithograph inspired by this photo”):


    Two photos down from that is a survivor tree from Hurricane Gabrielle in 2001. It is a Bo tree, believed to be the same tree that Siddhartha sat beneath when he achieved enlightenment. The sound of the wind through the beautiful leaves is one of millions of answers to the Zen koan “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” I had my first dates with my husband under the Bo tree, eating bagels with lox and watching beautiful white cranes catch and eat small fish and lizards with their hypnotic necks crooking intently in the morning sun. When the Bo tree fell, we were emotionally devastated, but we watched the process of it being carefully replanted and were amazed and touched by how much effort went into it. I remember seeing a davit being anchored on a floating dock because that was the only angle the tree could be lifted from. It was amazing!

  • 2. Chris Griffith  |  July 1, 2009 at 5:22 am

    I started collecting pictures of Banyan Trees. They’re so pretty and unusual to me.

  • 3. Dave Bonta  |  July 1, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Great edition! I’ve seen links to a few of these trees before, but i really appreciate your thoroughness (for example on the hibaku trees).

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  • 5. tgaw  |  July 1, 2009 at 10:01 am

    @Kristina – Those are lovely stories! And I am so enamored at the role trees played in your relationship!

  • 6. geekhiker  |  July 1, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Why haven’t you quit your job and become an arborist yet?

  • 7. DNLee  |  July 1, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    oh great carnival. I’ve missed this one and the Berry. I’ll be ready for the next one, but I might need some reminding.

    Thanks for stopping by for Wordless Wednesday. I’m still writing but I wanted to get back into the swing, too. I have alot to share.

    Also FYI: I’m competing for a chance to win a trip to Antarctica by writing a blog – vote for me at http://www.blogyourwaytoantarctica.com/blogs/view/224


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    […] is hosting the 37th Edition of the Festival of Trees blog carnival, which has a slew of fantastic stories about survivor trees, magnificent trees that have recovered […]

  • 9. DNLee  |  July 2, 2009 at 7:21 am

    In February, I was driving down I-55 from St. Louis to Memphis when I noticed all of the tree fallage from the winter storm that hit the southern part of the midwest US. I pulled over at the rest stop and there were fallen trees everywhere. The remaining standing trees were all snarling and adn snaggy. I just returned from thatsame area and the standing trees are in leaf but the crowns are all pointed with leaves all on the trunk and stem. The tree line doesn’t have it’s same natural look, but the leaves arethick and lush.


  • 10. tgaw  |  July 2, 2009 at 8:39 am

    @DNLee – Great story! I was surprised there weren’t any links for ice storm survivors this month– ice storms do take their toll on trees. If you think of it next time you are on I-55, snag a shot. It might be neat to compare the skyline in the coming years.

  • 11. Hugh  |  July 2, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks for including my post. I had another in mind before I learned of the theme, and then didn’t think of this one. Really nicely done!

  • 12. Sunairi  |  July 3, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Thank you for your write up about my Tree Project.
    I posted news about recent blog posts on Tree Project.

    I appreciate your support.
    Hiroshi Sunairi
    Tree Project

  • 13. Nature Blog Network » Friday Roundup: July 3, 2009  |  July 3, 2009 at 10:01 am

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  • 14. Pablo  |  July 4, 2009 at 3:11 am

    Wonderful edition to the Festival. Great choices all around.

  • 15. Crafty Green Poet  |  July 5, 2009 at 7:04 am

    looks like a great edition of Festival of the Trees, I look forward to browsing round!

  • 16. ROS  |  July 17, 2009 at 6:24 am

    very interesting! thanks for coming up with such a wonderful theme!

  • 17. Georgia  |  July 23, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Great organization. Cannot wait to read the full entries at the various blogs.

    Thanks for the link to local ecologist.

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