To Plant a Tree – Watercolour
This is a small beech sapling which grows in the local woods. There are many young trees here which is good because a devastating storm, last January, brought down many mature trees.
Its amazing to think that, with a bit of luck, this wee fella will tower over the skyline long after I’m not here. Its always good to plant or even replace trees as Bunner’s poem echoes
What does he plant who plants a tree?
He plants cool shade and tender rain,
And seed and bud of days to be,
And years that fade and flush again;
He plants the glory of the plain;
He plants the forest’s heritage;
The harvest of a coming age;
They joy that unborn eyes shall see –
These things he plants who plants a tree.
The heart of a tree – Henry Cuyler Bunner (1855 – 1896)