This massive California Bay Laurel has a powerful presence I’ve had the pleasure of visiting many times. Its aliveness, its strength, is palpable, as if it could uproot itself at any moment and walk off into the forest, carrying with it the comparatively delicate woman pictured here.
It crushed a chain link fence as its massive branches grew longer and heavier over the years, yet it stands gently, silently, a powerful guardian watching over a children’s playground in the town of Fairfax, CA.
I’ve learned from making TreeSpirit photographs over the years, that many older, larger trees have countless unknown human admirerz.
From the analytically-minded biologist to touchie-feelie treehugger, we tree fans are ubiquitous and come in all sorts of flavors.