We Need Each Other


For centuries.

This tree.

Angel Oak Tree

It grows.

It’s here.

It breathes.

Angel Oak Tree

The breadth.

The width.

The reach.

Angel Oak Tree

I had a need to

Touch it.

I had to see

Tree and me

If I could

Breath into it

And it might absorb part of me.

Angel Oak Tree

To keep

With it


We need each other.


I wanted to breathe for this tree.

And have this tree breathe for me.  


I knew we were going to see this magnificent tree.   Estimates on it’s age are from near 500 years old to 1000 plus years old.  I think of the breath it takes – as we expel what that tree needs to live.   And it expels what it is we – need to live.  For hundreds of years it has absorbed the breath of how many people.   From the natives of this land, to those of us who breathe here now.  Imagine, as my friend did, the small child who would have been able to look over the top of this tree as it barely sprouted.  And the lives that have come an gone under the span of not only it’s branches, but it’s very existence.   It may seem silly.   But we breathe in oxygen that trees expel.   Trees breathe in carbon dioxide that we expel.   We need each other.  Desperately.  I wanted to breathe for this tree.   And have this tree breathe for me.  

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50 thoughts on “We Need Each Other

  1. It’s a beautiful old tree. And this post reminded me of The Giving Tree.


  2. mewhoami says:

    This is exactly why I love trees! (Some may call me a bit obsessive over them) They have seen so much. Imagine the stories they could tell. They’ve been through storms, seasons and the harshest of treatment, yet they continue to stand strong. Not only do they provide us shelter, but we can learn so much from them.


    • I’m sharing the imagining with you MWAI. I love thinking of all that that tree has lived and survived through. Think of the human lives who have passed by, shared breath, lived in it’s shadows…..


  3. niaaeryn says:

    This is so beautiful words and images both. Simply in awe of this tree and admire the sentiment. Breathing for a tree. Beautiful.


  4. rarasaur says:

    What an amazing tree!


  5. jmgoyder says:

    How absolutely wonderful this tree is!


  6. Jim McKeever says:

    Not silly at all. We need reminders of how we are connected to, and dependent on, nature. And that is one beautiful tree, Colleen!


  7. What a beautiful old tree! I love trees like that one. And it’s true, people and trees have a special connection – they need each other. Love, love, love that tree!


  8. Robin says:

    That is an amazing tree, and your images of it are equally amazing. Beautiful, thoughtful post, CM. We should all hug a tree every now and then. 🙂


  9. CharleneMcD says:

    I have been to this tree, it is absolutely amazing. The place is indescribable. There is just a feeling of peace about the tree. People talk in whispers. They walk quietly. They gaze in awe. I can just imagine all the whispers and dreams told to this tree through out it’s life time.


    • Right? I loved that I was walking by a father and his children and the father was explaining to the children how long that tree has lived. And the children would throw out names, names from their history classes. When they started to make a connection on the age they were impressed. I think those kids will leave with a great understanding of the majesty of that tree.


  10. April says:

    Yes, and we are breathing the same air that so many who passed before us. Love this!


  11. Love this! And guess what you are breathing for each other: We give trees carbon dioxide and they give us oxygen. One of my most valued exchange with nature. ❤


  12. Wow for a beautiful tree Colleen, thank you for sharing this 😀


  13. Mustang.Koji says:

    Magnificent indeed… You wrote about this tree before, yes?


  14. NotAPunkRocker says:

    It all ties together in the end, even if it doesn’t seem obvious right away, right? Us, nature, it’s all supposed to ‘be”.


  15. reocochran says:

    Nothing is “silly” about this post, Colleen. I think of all natural forces and how they “connect” or are relied upon. I feel the world becomes symbiotic, in a sense. You expressed this perfectly!


  16. Debra says:

    i absolutely love this! I have a deep affinity for one particular tree. I have had someone recently estimate that our oak tree may be about 400 years old. It’s an incredible tree, and I can believe it may be that old. You’ve captured the spirit of what I feel about my tree, and I’m glad to know more about your tree, as well, Colleen. 🙂


    • Oh I wish it were ‘my’ tree Debra. Though I ‘had’ it for a few moments it isn’t anywhere close to me. We had to travel to it. But, I would definitely travel back given the chance. I love that you have a tree. We all should.


  17. markbialczak says:

    It is so big and wide and solid, MBC! I hope everybody that comes upon it treats it with the respect that you do here. Somehow, sadly, I doubt that of our brethren. Have a great weekend, my wonderful friend Colleen.


    • I hope so too MBM. I will say, hundreds of years of human beings have been kind to it so far. So we have THAT history to go on too. People can be, and are respectful. We need to spread that around more.


  18. johncoyote says:

    I agree my friend. I pray to the trees and thank them daily. Beautiful photos and good words.


  19. What a spiritual moment Colleen. I love that you breathed the tree and it breathed you, for where would we be without them. Just a gorgeous spot.
    I watch in sadness when they cut down trees to build homes, hotels and the like, not giving it any thought. Little by little, we’re losing our natural resources. I know in some parts of the world, they plant a hundred trees for every sustainable cutting and it is great way to give back. I do hope more and more become aware of just how much we need our trees, how much the animals need our trees.


    • As we traveled different places my aunt and uncle pointed out that ‘this’ area and ‘that’ area had all been trees when they moved there. Now they’re all gone. But, we did come across many new plantings of trees as well. I hope it was for what was taken down….though the old ones can’t really be replaced.


  20. So magnificent! Where is this beauty? A-MAZE-ING!


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