“I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.”
― Henry David Thoreau
When was the last time you were up in a tree? Probably not since your childhood (if ever), right?
Do you remember what the world felt like while you sat amongst those branches? How it felt different, quieter, softer, almost like an entirely different place? They may have been your lookout, your fortress, or your monastery, but being amongst the leaves gave you a different view of your reality. (Is all of this holding true for you? Or am I going out on a limb here?)
Would you ever want to climb a tree that’s 300 ft. tall? Because that’s what we’re doing today.
California, U.S.A. What a place. You may have heard of it, yeah? It has a lot going on, but arguably its coolest feature has to be its forests of enormous, awe-inspiring Redwood trees. These beauties can stand up over 300 ft high, with trunks bigger than a car and a canopy that doesn’t seem to be a part of this world anymore.
But that otherworldly canopy is exactly where arborist and tree climbing instructor, Tim Kovar, takes people. Kovar brings people up, hundreds of feet, into the branches of trees that, on average in their old-growth areas, are 500-700 years old 1 (some even thousands!) It’s like traveling back in time, and into a different mindset–one where we can be separated from all of the responsibilities of life on the ground.
“Trees are as close to immortality as the rest of us ever come.” ― Karen Joy Fowler
The film below was created by the extremely talented, MEL films. In the description, they wrote that this is, “high-stakes arboreal therapy for the nature deficit disorder you probably have.” (If you look, it’s right there in the cover frame as well.) So sit back, relax, and spend a moment with Tim and these magnificent trees…
You can discover more about what makes these Redwoods so amazing, and how we’re working to help these trees survive, by visiting the parks page on the National Park Services website.
If you’re interested in climbing one yourself, check out The Tree Climbing Planet!
Sometimes, we just need a different view of our world.
We need to physically place ourselves in a different spot to see more than just what surrounds us at our height.
It’s so easy to stay at eye level. To focus on the bustling streets, the traffic, and the world behind the screen―these are things that snatch our attention. They bring it down and away, towards the noise and further from the silence that’s needed to really feel like you’re a part of something that goes beyond the buildings that surround you.
And that silence is slowly leaving us. Up the coast from where Tim Kovar sits in the Redwoods, there’s a man by the name of Gordon Kempton. He’s preserving one of the last square inches of silence in the United States. This spot in Washington’s Olympic National Park is free of human-generated sound, and thankfully, he’s recorded it for us! We wrote about him awhile back, take a look…
Stay open to new possibilities! Now, go outside.
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” — Albert Einstein
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