Wednesday, August 04, 2021

How We Celebrated

Roger wanted to take a walk in the redwoods for his birthday. It had been quite a while since we had gone up to the city forest. The foggy gray weather does not beckon us to walk in the even darker forest. So on his sunshiny birthday we went. It was so good to be out there, walking through the woods.

When we arrived this is what greeted us. Oh yes, the forest had been expecting our arrival. We loved that it was someone else's birthday as well, and we got to see that.

I always ask Roger to wrap his arms around the old growth tree stumps to show just how big these beauties were at one time. This tree could have been here more than a thousand years ago, and its awesome presence still inspires. Can you imagine how many beings have walked up to this tree? 


I wish you could get a closer look at this stump. There are so many naturally carved works of art here. I think I may have posted a pic of this tree on the blog before, but I couldn't find it. I love looking at it and finding the art in the natural beauty of it.

That's how we celebrated Roger's first day of his 79th trip around the sun.


33 comments:

  1. Amazing and mighty, the trees and the 79 year old!

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    1. Linda Sue-- Yes, a wonderful combination of amazing and mighty!

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  2. A truly beautiful way to celebrate a Birthday

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  3. I still think it's heartbreaking that people cut down these 1,000 year old trees. they survived so much but could not survive human beings.

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    1. ellen-- It is utterly heartbreaking what humans did to these old growth forests. We see huge lumber trucks rolling though town with a swath of forest tree trunks all down. I always say we see the forests roll by on their side.

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  4. So glad roger was blessed with a lovely day to celebrate. Oh the stories in that tree.

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    1. Patti-- It was a beautiful day. We're so glad we went up to the community forest.

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  5. That IS a remarkable stump. One of these days I really need to see the California redwoods.

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    1. Steve-- I hope you get to make the journey to the California redwoods. It's truly beautiful.

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  6. What a terrific way to spend his birthday! Those trees are so amazing to see. Sounds like a wonderful birthday!

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    1. EllenD-- It really is amazing to walk among these giants. It was a wonderful way to celebrate his birthday.

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  7. Love that Roger shares his birthday with another friend of redwood trees! Something is reminding me that Roger read Philip K. Dick's books and making me ask "Do Redwoods Dream Of Celebrating Birthdays?"

    Coincidentally, I've discovered yet another of the few mature Coast Redwoods that can be found in our county. I already knew of one that is thriving at 30 years old, brought as a seedling from Santa Cruz! It's a half hour drive from here. Within walking distance (!) I've just discovered a Coast Redwood that could be about the same age, planted in our town's large cemetery, along with many many wonderful trees (some of them 100 years old at least) that have been planted near graves. It is a joy to visit that Coast Redwood tree which is thriving so far from home. Odd that I drove past it for the past 47 years without being aware of it, although it is in a group of closely spaced trees and would have been much smaller 47 years ago! There are several Coast Redwood "saplings" around it. Which led me to refresh my memory for these stages of a tree's life:

    "... conception (seed), birth (sprout), infancy (seedling), juvenile (sapling), adult (mature), elderly (decline), and finally death (snag or rotting log)."

    Redwood trees don't die in the conventional sense, except when human beings cut them down and haul them away. As we know, unlike most trees, a redwood tree can fall over or be severely burned but it doesn't die. The fallen tree or burned tree becomes the mother of trees that sprout from it.

    Thank you so much for sharing Roger's birthday celebration in the redwood forest!

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    1. am-- I love knowing that there are coastal redwoods from Santa Cruz in your forest there. Thank you for sharing those stages of a tree's life. I did not know that. I have photos of life springing from fallen redwoods. It's truly an awesome sight.

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  8. Belated birthday 🎂 wishes to Roger and what a great way to celebrate - being outdoors in such wonderful settings. Maybe on a future road trip we will see the tress or even the stumps which are amazing. I liked seeing the natural art carvings as well.

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    1. Beatrice-- Thank you for your birthday wishes. It was a lovely way to celebrate Roger's birthday. I hope you and Grenville make it out to the redwoods and take a nice long walk among the ancient giants!

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  9. Happy birthday Roger. You chose a great way to celebrate.

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    1. Red-- Thank you for that. It was a wonderful day!

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  10. Belated birthday wishes to Roger...I think of him as a big brother since my same age birth was about 20 days following his. Wonderful to see those trees, which I've never seen in person. They do look incredible! And I hope they remain there for their natural lifetimes!

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    1. thank you barbara. i am honored to be a big brother.

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    2. Barbara-- I love that you think of him as your big brother. That's so sweet! It's really wonderful to take a walk among the giants. We need to do it more often.

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  11. Roger, like nature, endures beautifully.

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    1. 37paddington-- Yes! What a wonderful perspective.

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    2. thank you. enduring beautifully changes the usual usage of endure so nicely

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    3. well.... old man forgets to read the other use of "endure." my memory doesn't alway endure

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  12. Belated birthday wishes to you, Roger. Nice way to spend your day.

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    1. John-- Thank you for that. We loved walking in the redwoods.

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  13. great photos! I'm so glad you got to the redwood forest. And that there was a chalk greeting for Roger! That, and the art in the trees are magical. I, too, wonder how many people have walked up to those ancient beings.

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    1. Tara-- So glad you like these photos. I love remembering with you today that we walked this forest and stood by these trees together. Ah friendship.

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  14. Happy belated birthday Roger. 79 is a pretty good innings - especially in light of what you've been dealing with for the last 18 months.

    Great pics but so sad to see the demise of those giants. Are they Redwoods?

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    1. Dr Michelle-- Thank you for your good birthday wishes to Roger. We like the 79 "good innings."
      It is sad to walk among the stumps of the ancient giant Redwoods. There are still a few forests left of the old-growth, and many are protected. We are so grateful for that.

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  15. Well he looks better than some of those tree stumps! Keep on keepin' on, Roger.

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    1. Catalyst-- Yes, he does look better than some of those tree stumps. I hadn't thought of that. LOL!

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