Surely Tolkien would have loved this...
- In a message dated 7/5/2002 10:18:13 AM Central Daylight Time,
> Trees stand aloof from us, in possession of their own memory, describing[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> in their bark, rings, and branches, in their fruits, leaves, and wood,
> the mysteries of the natural world. They can be taller than buildings,
> heavier than any animal that walks the earth, older than ancient
> monuments. They can hold entire fields in their grip and outline an
> empire in the air. Indeed, in most dimensions the mind can explore (and
> some it cannot), trees are the most wondrous living things. Thomas
> Pakenham's large, beautiful volume "Meetings with Remarkable Trees"
> displays more of their majesty than any book I've come across. With the
> curiosity of a poet and the learning of a historian, Pakenham has
> composed portraits (in prose as well as stunning color photographs) of
> sixty trees, "remarkable in age, form, historical interest, or the use
> to which they were put," that inhabit the landscapes of Britain and
> Ireland. The personality of each specimen, from the 1,000-year-old Much
> Marcle Yew to the Knap Hill Weeping Beech, is lovingly, intriguingly
> elaborated. Without question, this was my book of the year for 1997, and
> I still love it.
> "Meetings with Remarkable Trees" by Thomas Pakenham
> For AOL users: <A HREF="http://www.commonreader.com/pr007585/0705BW">Meetings with Remarkable Trees</A>