Old Growth Hemlock — A Marvelous Sight

“Respect your elders.”

I like to think that I’m a decent practitioner of this advice.

I listen to old songs.  I read old stories.  I admire old monuments.  I befriend older people.

But I’m only human.  And I live in a culture that worships youth.  As a result, I sometimes find it challenging to see the merits of old age.

Fortunately, I’ve discovered a solution:  I walk through a forest.

When I walk through a forest, I am reminded by nature to respect my elders.

Old trees are especially good at providing these reminders — not through words but through their presence.  Humans tend to feel a certain way when they’re surrounded by ancient trees.  Science can’t fully explain why this happens, but it is a wonderful phenomenon.

During a recent walk through a forest, I encountered a few old eastern hemlocks (Tsuga canadensis).  Fantasies of eternal childhood vanished the moment I saw them.  Sensing an opportunity to showcase what I witnessed, I decided to film the experience.

If you’re interested in seeing a few marvelous trees, check out the video!

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