Verdant Beauties

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The trees are God’s great alphabet: With them He writes in shining green Across the world His thoughts serene. ~Leonora Speyer (Ayala Triangle, Makati. May 2015)

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

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The true measure of love is to love without measure. – Alamada Countryside. North Cotabato. March 2015.

A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.

Trees. Tanay, Rizal, Philippines. March 22, 2015.

Trees. Tanay, Rizal, Philippines. March 22, 2015.

Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.

— Hermann Hesse

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