Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lest We Forget the Beauty of Trees and How They Contribute to Our Environment On So Many Levels

I received these pictures and accompanying text from my brother Mark, The Wizard of Oz, via email.  These pcitures are breath-taking (even for those without breathing issues!).  I've left the text just as I received it and I hope you, my friends, will enjoy it all as much as I did upon receiving it.

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 Top 10 Beautiful Tree Tunnels Trees, The longest-living organisms on Earth, beautify and protect our environment by providing colour,  shelter, and shade. They renew our air supply by soaking up carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.

10. Cherry Blossom Tunnel , Germany
Each spring, a peaceful street, located in the German city of Bonn , transforms into an enchanting cherry blossom tunnel.
Photographer Marcel Bednarz captured this stunning sight of cherry blossoms in full bloom.
He explained to me that there are actually two streets in Bonn where cherry trees are planted, but the one you see in the above picture is called Heerstraße.
As you may know, the average cherry blossom lasts only between 7 and 10 days, depending on weather conditions.

09. Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho, Brasil
Number nine goes to Brazil ’s green tunnel from Porto Alegre , Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho. According to a decree signed in 2006
by former mayor Joseph Fogaça, this beautiful street is part of the country’s historical, cultural, ecological and environmental heritage.
There are more than one hundred towering Tipuana (Rosewood) trees along Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho.
The great shade trees stretch over three city blocks, which is a good thing for the city’s overall health.
Did you know that trees, properly planted around buildings, can reduce air conditioning demands by up to 30%?

08. Autumn Tree Tunnel , USA

Photographed in glorious autumn colors by Kevin McNeal, this tree tunnel is simply astonishing!
The picture was taken on the way up to Smuggler’s Notch, a Vermont state park.
The eye-catching foliage starts changing its color in the northern region, in response to many
environmental factors, and spreads south as the fall season advances.

07. Ginkgo Tree Tunnel , Japan

Gingko biloba is a highly venerated tree in Japanese culture. Six ginkgo trees survived the Hiroshima bombing,
continuing to grow despite facing so many challenges, and are still alive today.
Therefore, the Japanese regard the gingko as “the bearer of hope”. It is also known as “the survivor” or “the living fossil.”
Around 65,000 ginkgoes grace Tokyo ’s streets, gardens and parks today.
According to some people who visited Tokyo , the tunnel you see in the above picture is located in the outer garden of Meiji Shrine .

06. Yew Tree Tunnel , UK
The medieval Aberglasney House features one of the most beautiful gardens in Wales , UK .
They have been an inspiration to writers since 1470. The Yew Tunnel is a popular tourist attraction in this area.
Believe it or not, it took nine years of pruning to restore this unique archway.
“Years of neglect had left it unsafe and with a perilous future, as the once formally clipped
structure had grown even higher than the top of the Mansion itself. It is so nice to see it looking invigorated and healthy
again, I had every confidence that with careful restoration it would help its future longevity,
but I have to confess that it did look drastic at the time,” declared Graham Rankin, one of Aberglasney’s directors.
The Yew Tunnel is thought to have been planted by the Dyer family of Aberglasney, during the 18th century.

05. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
Tucked away in the county of Antrim , these beautiful beech trees are thought to be around 300 years old.
According to local records, James Stuart planted the 150 beech trees in the 18th century,
to impress guests as they approached his splendid property, Gracehill House.Legend tells that the spirit of a maid,
who lived in a neighboring mansion and died in mysterious circumstances hundreds of years ago,
haunts the country road. “Grey Lady” silently floats along the road and quickly disappears as she reaches the last beech tree.

04. Bamboo Path , Japan

The Sagano Bamboo Forest is located in Arashiyama, a nationally-designated historic site. 
The pathway you see in the above picture is 500m long, and runs through one of Japan ’s most beautiful bamboo forests.
No wonder the Agency for Cultural Affairs declared Arashiyama a “Place of Scenic Beauty”.
This forest is close to many famous temple and shrines, including the Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple .
The sound the wind makes, as it blows through the tall bamboo trees,
has been voted by the Japanese authorities as one of 100 must-preserve sounds of Japan .

03. Tunnel of Love , Ukraine
The Ukrainian Tunnel of Love is actually a two-mile sector of private railway that serves a woodworking plant near Klevan,
a small city located in western Ukraine . I read somewhere that couples pass through this romantic tunnel to make a wish.
The myth goes that, if their love is strong and pure, the wish will come true.
May all of your wishes come true, but watch out for the train! It runs three times a day through the leafy tunnel.

02. Jacarandas Walk, South Africa
Over 10 million trees keep South Africa ’s largest city green. According to several unofficial sources,
Johannesburg is home to the world’s largest man-made forest.
There are at least 49 species of Jacaranda, most of them native to South America (particularly in
Uruguay , Brazil , Peru & Argentina ), and the Caribbean basin. The tropical trees were imported to
South Africa over one hundred years ago.October is the month when the flowers of thousands of
Jacaranda trees are in full blossom.  This spectacular tree tunnel is located either in Johannesburg or Pretoria ,
the Jacaranda City where 70,000+ Jacarandas add vivid splashes of purple-blue to the urban landscape.

01. Wisteria Tunnel , Japan
As soon as the cherry blossom season ends, the gorgeous Wisteria flowers, that hang in grape-like clusters,
take their turn on the Japanese floral calendar. The Fuji Matsuri, or Wisteria Festival, is celebrated
each spring in Tokyo , Shizuoka , and Okazaki .The Ashikaga Flower Park is one of the best places to admire different
varieties of wisteria, including double-petaled wisteria, giant wisteria and yellow, white, light pink or purple variants of wisteria.


centerofgravity said...

Love the tree pics thanks for sharing. HOw nice of your brother to send them to you along with the explainations. Of course, you already know that I am a tree nut. I especially liked the trees from Wales and Ireland. The Ukrainian tree tunnel was pretty neat, too. HOpe you get to breathing better soon. CG

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

These are stunning photos...I can imagine the beauty of the blossoms dropping as you passed through! Hope you are feeling better, Ann!

Robin Larkspur said...

This is astonishing. I am a Tree Lover/Hugger, trees are an important part of my Path. These pictures are awe-inspiring. Thank you, Ann and thank your brother for these Tree-mendous pictures.

Hope you are feeling better!

Alice Kien-Zella said...

Hello Ann, thank you for sharing those beautiful tree pictures, I love love the cherry blossom, bamboo and wisteria pictures are my favorites.
Sorry to hear you hurt your pinky and still having problem with breathing, I hope your doctor will help you resolve the problems soon.
I always enjoy mandarin oranges, both fresh or canned, they are juicy, sweet and easy to peel,you are so lucky to have them in your back yard and those white roses and camelia flowers, they are GORGEOUS!!!
Take care and I hope you are feeling better soon.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

The pictures are beautiful!
The trees magnificent...I think walking under any of these trees would have such a calming affect on people.

shohshi said...

Wow! It must be magical to travel through any one of those tunnels.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Those are all so amazing and beautiful....WOW! So why is your brother The Wizard of Oz?