Nerd In The Brain‘s Go Play! Go Learn! Challenge this week is “Go Climb a Tree.” I totally wish I could actually climb a tree – that was something I loved to do as a kid, but I didn’t let myself actually climb a tree this time. My favorite climbing tree is no longer so climbable, and I’m not quite as limber as I used to be.
Then I was going to do an inventory of trees in my yard.. but there are so many of them, so very many of them…
Instead, I thought I’d look at a few specific trees.
My yard is home to a number of Douglas Firs. These amazing trees tower high in my neighborhood, and I love them. There are a few clusters, some in front of the house, some in back. They’ve been there forever, and have grown over the years (but they’ve always been HUGE). The ones in the backyard grew enough to start pushing against our porch and we had to chop a few feet of the porch off, because they grow out while the grow up.
Sometimes we get wind storms, and the trees move in them. Towering beasts that they are, they still can be moved by the wind. And sometimes their branches and pine-cones get tossed into the road and pathways.
In the back yard, though, is the coolest Doug Fir… because this is the tree that I’ve gotten so see grow. Yes, the big trees have grown — but the one in the back (probably from the seeds of one of the larger and older ones) was just an itty-bitty tree when I was a kid.
Though they aren’t so good for climbing, I love these trees! I love their pine-cones, and the scent of their needles. I have fun watching them sway in the wind and the way their long branches dance on the breeze.
What kind of trees are in your yard?