Showing posts with label trees. Show all posts
Showing posts with label trees. Show all posts

20 March 2017

No Coffins – Organic Burial Pods = Recycling's Finest Hour

Organic Burial Pods!! 

I am so on board with this concept!!  

Isn’t everyone??

I mean … a Jew or Christian surely can’t object. 

It’s totally scriptural.  :)
“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” 

Genesis 3:19

Forget Coffins – Organic Burial Pods Will Turn Your Loved Ones Into Trees | Bored Panda (Reblog)




Forget Coffins - Organic Burial Pods Will Turn Your Loved Ones Into Trees

The idea of coming full circle and returning whence we came is captured perfectly by this beautiful new burial method developed in Italy. The Capsula Mundi project by designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel has developed an organic, biodegradable burial capsule that will turn the deceased's body into nutrients for a tree that will grow out of their remains.


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Trees Deserve Respect

Ailanthus altissima is an ornamental tree grown mainly for shade and also for its leaves which the silkworm feeds on. Sounds prettier when it is called by its unscientific name: "tree of heaven". The acacia thrives in the wilderness of Paran (the location of several historic events in the Bible).
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A Memorial Garden - In Memory Of - Daily Two Cents

Have seen many a beautiful memorial garden, but never thought to plant one of my own. What a perfect way to work through one's grief when you lose a loved one. Read an article written by a friend ( Sylvia Mayfield aka #boutiqueshops ) who says that when her mother died, one of the first things she did was plant a garden with transplants from her mother's garden.
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African Baobab Tree

The baobab tree (adansonia) is the national tree of Madagascar and has been called the tree of life (although I personally believe that any tree on the planet can be called a tree of life**).
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Sam Van Aken's Tree of 40 Fruit

So the voice in my head says: 'Why are there so many different trees? There should be one tree that bears all of my favorite fruit! Why does there have to be an apple tree, an orange tree, a mango tree, etc.?' OK. There was no voice in my head that said that.

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Trees Have Benefits

This article briefly touches upon a selection of trees chosen for two reasons. (1) To highlight and emphasize the contributions made by trees to sustain our life force. (2) Because these particular woody plants have interesting history associated with them that can be gleaned from the Bible and it makes for interesting reading.
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09 August 2016

Happy Tree Tuesday ~ Save the Trees ~ Save the Planet

Happy Tree Tuesday to all my tree loving friends out there.   It's been a while since I shared.  Below are items already posted on Google Plus.  Using the "embed feature" to recycle the content here.  Hope you like the selection.



"The oak tree is epitome of strength, it symbolizes endurance, power, and royal attributes by its sheer size."






What can we learn from trees?






Ever heard of the Judas tree?






There's the pomegranate tree and then ... there's the other pomegranate tree.






Think China will take the lead and save the planet?





Love red? Love bonsai? This is a win-win!






05 April 2016

The Olive Tree has been highly regarded since ancient times ...

The olive branch holds a special place in Jewish and Christian beliefs and traditions.
Olive Branch

Olive trees are considered as "Immortal" because they can live for up to two hundred years, and just before a tree dies, new branches sprout from its roots.

There are artists living and working in the Holy City of Bethlehem who specialize in sculpting unique treasures and creating inspirational art from olive wood.
 
Olive tree  
Throughout history, the olive tree has been regarded as a symbol of peace and goodwill.


The craft of olive wood carving has been practiced since the 4th century.




lion and lamb olive wood carving

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Glackens - Hillside with Olive Trees Poster
Glackens - Hillside with Olive Trees Poster by Virginia5050
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Clipart Image Credits:  Olive Tree © Photographer: Scusi | Agency: Dreamstime.com; AND Olive Branch © Photographer: Cidepix | Agency: Dreamstime.com * * *

06 February 2015

Trees Have Benefits

This article briefly touches upon a selection of trees chosen for two reasons. (1) To highlight and emphasize the contributions made by trees to sustain our life force. (2) Because these particular woody plants have interesting history associated with them that can be gleaned from the Bible and it makes for interesting reading. 



  • Acacia: The acacia trees are large thorny trees. Their orange-brown hard-grained wood repelled insects. Research indicates that there are 500 species of the acacia tree. It is valued as a timber tree and used in shipbuilding. In some biblical translations, acacia trees are called shittim. Acacia wood was also used in the building of the first tabernacle (a portable “tent of meeting” where the Jews worshiped during the Exodus). Most students of the Bible know that acacia wood was used to build the Ark of the Covenant.


  • Almond: The almond tree is a stunning pinkish-white-flowered tree and it is prized for the high protein nut that it yields. (Some say fruit; some say nut.) Not only are the nuts delicious to eat, but the oil extracted from the nut can be used medicinally or as a lubricant, in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and as food flavoring. Because the almond contains very little starch, it is recommended as a flour substitute for diabetics. Aaron was the brother of Moses, who helped his brother lead the children of Israel at the time of the Exodus from Egypt and he served as high priest to the Jews. Among the contents of the Ark of the Covenant was Aaron’s rod. According to the Old Testament scriptures, though this rod had miraculous power, it was nothing more than an almond branch or twig.  


  • Balsam: From the balsam tree, one can produce balm, an aromatic resinous gum used for medical purposes. Balm of Gilead, balsam of Gilead, and balsam tree are common names. It has even been called balsam of Mecca. In Genesis, the story is told of Joseph who was sold into slavery by his jealous and envious brothers to a passing caravan of Ishmaelites. The Ishmaelites were traders on their way to Egypt to trade slaves, spices, myrrh and balm from Gilead. The Queen of Sheba brought balm as a gift for King Solomon.

Interesting? Well hopefully, the facts also make it plainly evident that trees are not just the stuff of bible stories and legends. They have a crucial role in making the earth a livable planet.  

Benefits ( http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/tree_benefits.aspx ) include: medicinal applications, delicious edible fruits, gorgeous flowers that give off a variety of pleasant fragrances, foliage that shade from a scorching sun, etc. The urgency of preserving, maintaining and cultivating trees should not be understated and can not be oversimplified.

There are environmental activists called “tree sitters” who will risk being arrested and feel compelled to literally protest by sitting in a tree, to protect it from being cut down. This passionate stand (or rather, sitting) can be considered an act of civil disobedience which sometimes results in forcible removal of the protestor from the tree. Citizens of earth should imitate the zeal of these activists, or at least support them.

By the sixth century A.D., beautiful groves of the famed cedars of Lebanon had been destroyed and these days only a precious few remain. Reforestation campaigns are underway. There are some who advocate that reforestation can reverse effects of global warming and world hunger in one step. Although global warming is a topic that seems to be on everybody’s radar, not many understand its real impact on the environment. But almost everyone knows or can hazard an educated guess as to the impact careless destruction of trees would have on our lives.


Post appeared also at TreasurePen.com, Feb 1, 2014 and Express Yourself!, my Tumblr blog.

   

15 January 2015

Real Lost Cities: Ophir or Atlantis?

King Solomon sent ships to Ophir to bring back almug (or algum) trees, along with gold and precious stones.

Research about Ophir's geographical location is scant. 

In short, no one seems to know where it is!

If it is ever found, it will probably be by accident, because everybody keeps searching for Atlantis. 

The last bit of recorded information we have about Ophir is that the ships that set sail to go there which were sent by another king, never made it to their destination!

So I can sort of understand why people would rather go look for Atlantis.  Atlantis disappeared. Not the folks who were looking for it!!!  (O.o)

Solomon and the Plan for the Temple, as in 1 K...

  • 1 Kings 9:28  - And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon. 
  • 1 Kings 10:11  - And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and precious stones. 
  • 1 Kings 22:48  - Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Eziongeber. 


Photo credit: Wikipedia: Solomon and the Plan for the Temple, as in 1 Kings 6, illustration from a Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company


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* * * Anyway I did manage to find two known places that have the name "Ophir", one in Colorado USA and the other in New Zealand.  Both representing 
magnificent splendor!!!

 Manuherikia River and Hoar Frost, Ophir, Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand 
Manuherikia River and Hoar Frost, Ophir, Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand
David Wall ~ Allposters


 Waterfall, Ophir Pass, Colorado, USA  
Waterfall, Ophir Pass, Colorado, USA
Cathy & Gordon... Photographic Print ~ Allposters



30 September 2014

Sam Van Aken’s Tree of 40 Fruit

So the voice in my head says:

‘Why are there so many different trees? There should be one tree that bears all of my favorite fruit! Why does there have to be an apple tree, an orange tree, a mango tree, etc.?’


OK. There was no voice in my head that said that. The thought never even crossed my mind. Somebody else thought of it. A tree that bears 40 different fruit. FORTY???!!!

Sam Van Aken is an artist who believes he can make his imagination become real by using grafting. He plans to use stone fruits like apples, peaches, and plums.
Excerpt: “Sam Van Aken envisions a tree with blooms of pink, purple, fuchsia and red that bears 40 different kinds of fruit.”
You gotta see this tree!!!


Original Post Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at TreasurePen.com
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31 January 2014

African Baobab Tree

The baobab tree (adansonia) is the national tree of Madagascar and has been called the tree of life (although I personally believe that any tree on the planet can be called a tree of life**). 


One neat fact which I found at the blog for neatorama.com is that the baobab tree can store as much as 31,700 gallon (120,000 l) of water to endure harsh drought conditions. The fruit of this tree has been called a “superfruit” because of its nutrient-rich content (loaded with vitamin C, calcium and antioxidants, minerals, protein, soluble and insoluble dietary fiber). The bark of the tree is used for clothing, medicinal compounds, and more. Baobab trees don’t just grow in the African savannas but the ones in Africa are pretty amazing! I don’t go to bars so I probably would have thought to build something else. But there’s a baobab tree in a garden in Limpopo, South Africa that has a bar inside of it, with a phone and a dartboard. Don’t believe me? I’m a Stumbler and discovered an interesting link at amazingposts.com when I stumbled the word Adansonia.


The Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania, known for its elephants and baobab trees. The best time to visit is any time! Just be aware that there are rainy and dry seasons. Click here to visit the official website: Tarangire National Park, Tanzania


So what do you think? 

Baobab trees sound pretty cool, huh?



“Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it.  (African Proverbs and Sayings)