A Tree I Admire

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I’ve always thought olive trees have a special kind of beauty. I think it goes back to the childhood summers I spent in Spain. We had a house in Marbella. This was before it become a tourist attraction. The locals used to stop dead in their tracks, and ask if they could touch our blond hair. My mom loved to explore the countryside, and we often walked through grooves of olive trees. These crooked, small trees, felt unreal. Different from other trees somehow. When I see olive trees I can feel my mothers hand in mine, as we take a walk through an old farming community, admiring these beauties.

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We have a similar climate where I live now, in northern California. There’s plenty of olive trees. One day I’m going to have some that are mine. I did try planting them in containers a couple years ago. It went really well. They thrived, and become huge. I sold them when I could’t move them by myself anymore. I’ll have to plant some new ones.

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Early Saturday morning I was driving home, from Sacramento. I passed these beauties, just before sunrise. Of course I had to stop, and stretch my legs for a bit. The fact that they are older, and not perfectly trimmed, makes them even more beautiful in my eyes. Do you have a favorite tree? Maybe a tree, or plant that brings back wonderful memories? Tell me about it!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

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14 thoughts on “A Tree I Admire

  1. Love how the trees evoke a connection with your mother. As for the locals touching your blonde hair, when we were in Crete local’s commented on my little girl’s bright blue eyes. One gave her a bracelet charm for “what we call crazy eyes!”
    And trees-I love trees. Seem to have been writing a lot about them lately.

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    1. Thank you! It’s like all trees have a story to tell. I can totally see the Crete’s being amazed with your girl’s eyes. I love Crete BTW. It’s probably my favorite Greece destination. Where did you go?

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      1. We flew into Chania and stayed in a secluded villa up on a hill (stars at night were fantastic!). Visited Rethmyno and Heraklion (my post about the author’s tomb) among other places.

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        1. I flew into Chania every time I visited too. There’s lots to see that’s for sure. It was close to Chania I saw my very first fig tree. (I wrote about that recently.) I hope you had a marvelous time there, it sounds like you did 😊

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  2. I too love olive trees. They are so majestic and approachable at the same time. We have a few in our home in Los Gatos that actually fruit and last year I learnt how to cure them. Olive trees transport me to Spain and Mediterranean – just as they do for you. What beautiful memories you have of olive trees. ❤️

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  3. Olives have lovely foliage, for sure. And yummy fruit! 😉
    My favorite tree is a sugar maple. Mature trees are magnificent, provide excellent shade, are lovely in early spring (bright green), summer (deep green) and fall (orange, yellow or red). Then, of course, they can be tapped for maple syrup at the end of winter – yum!

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    1. Oh yes! sugar maple is gorgeous 🙂 We have a couple in the backyard right now. I bet they thrive in your climate. I grew up surrounded with them as well. My daughter and I love picking leaves, and drying them for projects, or using them as stamps for painting.

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  4. I love that rather shaggy bunch of olive trees. They remind me of someone with a rather bushy, unkept beard. Or, perhaps that’s just me.
    My favourite tree off hand is the jacaranda tree in our backyard. It bursts into bright purple flowers and seems to be very resilient.
    We also have a favourite climbing tree at Byron Bay. Here’s a link: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/our-magic-climbing-tree-in-byron-bay/
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    1. I laughed at the picture you draw in my head, of the rather unkept beard. ..you are right! I imagine your jacaranda tree is very beautiful. They are magnificent trees. Thank you for your comment, and the link.

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  5. I, too love the look of olive trees! Of course I like the olive color in clothing, too. What fond memories you have as a child in Spain, and happy to read you successfully planted the trees where you live! I think my hubby wants as olive tree!

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  6. If I had a plant that brings back memories from when I was growing up it would be the gardenias my Mom had planted in a couple of big pots. They were so beautiful and fragrant and I have been wanting to plant a gardenia in a big pot in her memory. One of these days I will. I love your photos of the olive trees and your memories! I’ve never been to Spain, sounds wonderful! ❤

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