Trees of New Zealand

One of our first and strongest impressions of New Zealand was the trees. Everywhere we went there were magnificent windswept trees dotting the side of the road. We zipped past many of them, pointing out the tree and nodding to each other that yes, that was a good tree. We hiked in the shade of others, staring up at the canopy, wondering at their massive natures. Whether a simple pine, a spreading spiderweb canopy of branches, alone or huddled in clumps, we loved them all.

If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.
– Hal Borland
I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
– Willa Cather
Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.
– Kahil Gibran
In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.
– Paulo Coelho
“A tree is our most intimate contact with nature.”
– George Nakashima
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
– John Muir
Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.
– William Blake
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
– Winston Churchill
I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.
– John Muir
Evolution did not intend trees to grow singly. Far more than ourselves they are social creatures, and no more natural as isolated specimens than man is as a marooned sailor or hermit.
– John Fowles
Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
– Warren Buffett
I grew up in a forest. It’s like a room. It’s protected. Like a cathedral… it is a place between heaven and earth.
– Anselm Kiefer
A forest of these trees is a spectacle too much for one man to see.
– David Douglas
Because they are primeval, because they outlive us, because they are fixed, trees seem to emanate a sense of permanence.
– Kim Taplin
“The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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