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Tuesday, July 17, 2012


You know that line from The Sound of Music, "I go to the hills, when my heart is lonely."  Well, it's starting to make sense to me.  Not that I've necessarily been lonely, but just needing escape.  Life happens fast sometimes.  A day turns into a week turns into a month and suddenly time has flown past and you're still just focusing on making it through the day.  I've been feeling like that more and more as the days have grown hotter.  Everyday it is a minimum of 100 degrees here and no matter how much I heat proof the apartment, it's just hot and it's still too expensive to turn on the AC.  I used to love going to the beach to cool down but I'm moving in favor of the mountains.  The sun isn't as strong, there's more clouds, the temperature is at least 20 degrees cooler, and there are donkeys.  But really, I think I go there because of the trees.

Have you ever noticed how friendly trees are?  Maybe it's because I'm from the Midwest, but a home doesn't feel like a home without trees.  In the city, I feel so detached from nature.  There's too much cement and the noise of racing motorcycles drowns out the gentle tinkle of leaves as the wind moves between branches.  In the mountains, I get to hear the breeze coming and going.  I hear it move in over the distant ridge then glide through pine needles and skirt along fallen brush.  I feel it dance across my skin and get a chill as it touches the back of my neck.  I get to lay under the trees and trace their shape.  We talk together, trying to learn one another's language so we can share our stories.  We are  so foreign to each other, the trees and I, but so familiar.

I now feel my heart aching for those trees, wishing to smell the pine in the air.  Hopefully when Saturday comes, we'll be together again.  


  1. Gorgeous photographs. We always head to the beach to cool enough and dont take advantage of the mountains enough!!

  2. what a beautiful ode to trees. i love the sound of music....it's definitely my favorite movie of all time.