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89,631. ‘Me dad planted that tree,’ she said absently, pointing out through the old cracked window.
The great beech filled at least half the sky and shook shadows all over the house.
Its roots clutched the slope like a giant hand, holding the hill in place. Its trunk writhed with power, threw off veils of green dust, rose towering into the air, branched into a thousand shaded alleys, became a city for owls and squirrels. I had thought such trees to be as old as the earth, I never dreamed that a man could make them. Yet it was Granny Trill’s dad who had planted this tree, had thrust in the seed with his finger. How old must he have been to leave such a mark? Think of Granny’s age, and add his on top, and you were back at the beginning of the world. (Countryside & Tree) Laurie Lee, Cider with Rosie
83,941. As Ovid has sweetly in parable told,
We harden like trees, and like rivers grow cold. (Old Age & Parable & Tree & River) Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Six Town Eclogues
4,059. Sequoias are the single largest life-form on Earth. (Earth & Life & Tree) Professor Iain Stewart, How to Grow a Planet I: Life from Light, BBC 2012
4,076. This is the oldest forest in Africa. A relic really of a time when trees dominated the planet. So this really has a feeling descended into that lost world. (Earth & Forest & Trees) Professor Iain Stewart, How to Grow a Planet III: The Challenger, BBC 2012
4,078. The forests started breaking up. The grasses were on a land grab. Conquering the territory once held by the trees ... The world was ablaze ... Grasses were dominating the land. (Earth & Forest & Grass & Tree) ibid.
5,637. Our world is covered in giants … they’re trees. (Life & Trees) Professor Brian Cox, Wonders of Life IV: Size Matters
10,338. I am in a fury of work because the trees are all in blossom. (Art: van Gogh & Trees) Vincent van Gough, to brother Theo
22,997. What I want is a view: I want a window where I can see a tree. (Murder & Tree & Cannibalism) The Silence of the Lambs 1991 starring Jodie Foster & Anthony Hopkins & Scott Glen & Ted Levine & Anthony Heald & Brooke Smith & Diane Baker & Kasi Lemmons & Frankie Fraison & Tracey Walter et al, director Jonathan Demme
51,487. In the space of a few generations we have laid waste to paradise. The Tall-grass Prairie has been transformed into a corn factory where wildlife means the exotic pheasant. The Shortgrass Prairie is a grid of carefully fenced cow pastures and wheatfields. The Passenger Pigeon is no more; the last one died in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914. The endless forests of the East are tame woodlots. With few exceptions, the only virgin deciduous forest there is in tiny museum pieces of hundreds of acres. Fewer than one thousand Grizzlies remain. The last three condors left in the wild were captured and imprisoned in the Los Angeles Zoo. (An expensive reintroduction effort has since been started.) Except in northern Minnesota and northwestern Montana, wolves are known as scattered individuals drifting across the Canadian and Mexican borders. Four percent of the peerless Redwood Forest remains and the ancient forests of Oregon are all but gone. The tropical cats have been shot and poisoned from our Southwestern borderlands. The subtropical Eden of Florida has been transmogrified into hotels and citrus orchards. Domestic cattle have grazed bare and radically altered the composition of the grassland communities of the West, displacing Elk, Moose, Bighorn Sheep, and Pronghorn and leading to the virtual extermination of Grizzly Bear, Gray Wolf, Cougar, and other 'varmints'. Dams choke most of the continent’s rivers and streams. (Environment & Trees & Forest & Animals & Extinction & Trees & Countryside) Dave Foreman and Bill Haywood, Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching
51,813. This is a Giant Sequoia – it’s thought to be about two thousand five hundred years old. (Animals & Trees) David Attenborough, The Living Planet: The Northern Forests III
52,582. The dragon’s blood tree: the key to their success lies in their bizarre shape ... The mist condenses on the skyward pointed waxy leaves. The droplets run down to the centre of the trunk and down to its roots. (Animals & Plants & Tree) David Attenborough, Life: Plants e9
52,632. A single hectare of rainforest may contain as many as two hundred and fifty species of tree. (Animals & Earth & Jungle & Trees) David Attenborough, Planet Earth: Jungles e8
52,642. Trees – surely among the most magnificent of all living things. Some are the largest organisms on earth dwarfing all others, and these are the tallest of them all. The deciduous and coniferous woodlands that grow in the seasonal parts of our planet are the most extensive forests on earth. (Animals & Earth & Trees & Forests) David Attenborough, Planet Earth: Seasonal Forests s10
52,643. Giant Redwood ... These conifers grow at ten times the rate of those near the Arctic, and they live for thousands of years. (Animals & Earth & Trees & Forests) ibid.
51,891. An unbroken belt of forest that stretches seven miles around our planet and contains one third of all the trees on Earth. (Animals & Forest & Trees) David Attenborough, Frozen Planet I, BBC 2011